A Louisiana man has been arrested for a burglary and theft in a case that involves information from accomplices about a set of three alleged crimes and almost $15,000 in stolen property.
Terry Allen Welch, 32, was being held in the Pike County Jail on a $25,000, cash-only bond on Tuesday, Dec. 17, for an alleged burglary of a rural Pike County residence on Pike County Road 255 between Louisiana and Bowling Green.
Welch was implicated by two alleged female accomplices in a Pike County Sheriff’s Office probable cause statement. They have not been charged.
The accomplices said they and Welch took a carpet, ceiling fan, wall mount and tools from the residence. A sheriff’s detective later estimated the worth of the goods at $1,663.
The first alleged accomplice said the three traded the goods to a Silex man for methamphetamine, the statement said.
When the Silex man was contacted by authorities, he said he had been friends with Welch in prison and was simply storing the goods for the suspect and the first accomplice. The man said he didn’t know the “numerous items” were stolen and then took them to the sheriff’s office, the statement said.
The case began when a sheriff’s detective was investigating gasoline thefts as a trend in recent burglaries and thefts, according to the probable cause statement.
The detective put two baited gas cans filled with water and gasoline in Eolia on Nov. 26. Photo surveillance of the cans showed one had been taken, but did not reveal any pictures of people, the statement said.
The sheriff’s office then received a tip that a Pike County man had told another man that he had stolen gas and it caused his car to break down in Eolia.
The detective found the vehicle on Hwy. D in Eolia and traced it to a Louisiana couple. The couple said the car had been driven by the woman who later identified herself as the first accomplice to the Road 255 burglary, the statement said.
The detective got a second tip on Dec. 2 and found the missing gas can near where the first accomplice had abandoned the car along Hwy. D, the statement said.
The accomplice was detained by Louisiana police for the sheriff’s office for questioning.
During that session, she admitted to being with Welch when he allegedly stole the gas can in Eolia, at the Road 255 burglary and another burglary on Hwy. F near Bowling Green on Nov. 28, the statement said.
More than $13,000 worth of equipment was allegedly taken from the Hwy. F residence, the statement said, including a snow blower, motorized wheel barrow, tiller and chipper. Those items were also traded to the Silex man for methamphetamine, according to the first accomplice.
Welch was found guilty of receiving stolen property in Lincoln County in August, court records show. He was also found guilty of possessing drugs in Pike County in 2009.
He is currently on probation with the state correctional department.
Pike County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Fisher declined to comment on whether further charges are to be filed in the three alleged crimes.