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1/4/2017 - Crime Stoppers needs your to help identify the suspects involved in three separate armed robbery cases
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This week Crime Stoppers has been asked to help identify the suspects involved in three separate armed robbery cases. According to Terre Haute City Police detectives, the robberies occurred in late November at the Jiffy Mini-Mart located at South 19th Street and Margaret Drive and The Express Mart located on North 3rd Street. In each case the suspects entered the stores and demanded money while holding the clerk at gun point.

 

 Take a look at the suspect images captured from the businesses. The first suspect appears to be a white male carrying a blue backpack while wearing a black hat and mask, black pants, and a black shirt with a white design on the front.

A second suspect appears to be a white male carrying a red bag while wearing a black hat and mask, black pants, a white shirt.

 The third suspect also appears to a white male and can be seen wearing a dark gray shirt, black pants and blue Nike athletic shoes.  

If you have any information on the identity of the suspects involved, call our tip line at 812-238-STOP or go online at WTHI-TV.com and follow the links. Remember all tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and you could receive up to $1000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

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1/3/2017 - 2-years since Marina Boelter went missing; ISP reports no new leads
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BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (WTHI) – This past holiday weekend marked two years since a Bloomfield woman disappeared.

And police are still asking for your help in finding some answers. Marina Boelter was last seen near the Bloomfield IGA on Dec. 31, 2014.

News 10 reached out to Indiana State Police and unfortunately they say there are no new leads in this case.

Marina was 18-years-old when she was reported missing.

If you have any information that could help law enforcement, call Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP.

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1/2/2017 - Still Seeking Justice in Sullivan County Cold Case Murder
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FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTHI) – The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police Investigators are still looking for justice for 51-year-old Jeanette Benson.

On the evening of January 2, 1981, Benson had returned to her Farmersburg home from grocery shopping.

That’s where she was found shot to death.

Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom is doing all he can to keep a cold case murder spanning more than three decades from growing colder.

Cottom says, “The anniversary of these deaths are a very painful time for the families, and if anything good can come out of that is we can also take that anniversary as an opportunity to refresh the public’s memory, and ask the public for help.”

Jeanette’s husband, Emory, was at work in Terre Haute at the time of his wife’s murder.

Emory noticed his wife’s car was pulled to the side of the driveway where she normally did not park.

Police theorize the intruder’s vehicle blocked part of the driveway.
Cottom adds, “We have been able to establish that an intruder was inside the home when she arrived. Mrs. Benson not knowing it was an intruder, thought that it was someone giving her husband a ride home.”

But that wasn’t the case.

Cottom says a witness noticed an unfamiliar vehicle pull into the Benson’s drive.

The driver exited the vehicle, knocked on the door, and returned to his vehicle.

After that, the witness dismissed the situation and quit watching.

That’s when police believed the suspect broke into the home.

Cottom says, “They described him as tall, thin, possibly in his 20’s. We have to keep in mind now that this suspect, this individual, would likely be in his 50’s. So we’re asking the public to think back quite some time.”

One of the key pieces of the investigation is the vehicle the suspect was driving.

Cottom says, “We really feel like that car is a central part of this investigation. The neighbors kept a close eye on one another. They knew that that car did not fit there. And that car was there just moments prior to Mrs. Benson’s arrival.”

Cottom says the car was a “robin egg blue” Plymouth Valiant.

That’s what witnesses recall seeing in Benson’s driveway.

Investigators say they’ve exhausted many leads over the last 36 years.

Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to develop sufficient enough information for an arrest.

But, there are still potential leads to follow thanks to technology.

Cottom says, “Law enforcement has changed a great deal over the years and we have technology that was not available in the 1980’s. Through DNA analysis, touch DNA, there’s a lot of evidence that can be tested and we’ve requested those testings be done here as of late.”

Another possible source of information could be here in the Wabash Valley.

Cottom says, “We’re well aware that relationships change. Divorces occur. Friendships break up, and also sometimes peoples’ conscience get the better of them. So we continue in all of these cases to hope that somebody will come forward with the information needed to bring justice to this case.”

Cottom says through the suspect and car’s description, DNA testing, and help from the public, he believes police can find some answers.

But something he’s hopeful for is a change in the suspect’s heart.

The sheriff says, “We would want to remind the suspect that this case will not be forgot about. Nor will any other homicide case be forgot about. It will never go away. You need to do the right thing and come forward.”

Which could bring closure to this cold case murder.

If you know of any information concerning Mrs. Benson’s murder, contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 812-268-4308 or the Indiana State Police at 765-653-4114 or Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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12/15/2016 - Crime Stoppers needs your help to identify a person of interest
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 This week Crime Stoppers has been asked to help identify a person of interest in a battery case. According to Terre Haute City Police detectives, on December 7th a female victim reported that she had been approached by an unknown older white male while working at the local Sears Store. During their conversation the male is alleged to have begun touching her in an inappropriate manner before leaving the store.

Take a look at surveillance images captured from the scene. The suspect appears to be a heavy set white male, with thinning dark hair and a beard. He also appears to have been wearing glasses, a dark colored jacket with a white shirt and blue jeans.

If you have any information on the identity of this person, call our tip line at 812-238-STOP or go online at WTHI-TV.com and follow the links. Remember all tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and you could receive up to $1000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

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11/21/2016 - Can you identify this person?
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This week the Terre Haute Police Department need s your help in identifying a person of interest.  The person pictured below is believed to have information regarding a vehicle theft case. 

 A 1996 Dodge Ram was stolen from Dreiser Sq.  The truck was primer gray.  The vehicle was later recovered, but someone had attempted to disguise the vehicle by painting dark gray, red, and gold flames on the bed and tailgate.  If anyone has information on who this man is or may have seen him with the vehicle at some point please contact Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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11/9/2016 - This week’s Crime Stoppers case comes from the files of both the Parke and Vermillion County Sheriff’s Offices
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This week’s Crime Stoppers case comes from the files of both the Parke and Vermillion County Sheriff’s Offices. According to detectives, both the Kwik Stop gas station on St. Rd. 63 in Clinton and the Tiki Hut Mini Mart on US 36 east of Rockville were broken into during the early morning hours of October 24th.  Detectives advise that an undetermined amount of money was taken from one of these businesses.

Take a look at these images that detectives provided from the scene.

The person of interest appears to be a medium built, black male with a full beard wearing a multi-colored t-shirt.

Detectives also believe that the Dodge Charger pictured here was used during the commission of these crimes. 

If you have any information on the identity of this person of interest, call our tip line at 812-238-STOP or go online at WTHITV.com and follow the links. Remember all tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and you could receive up to $1000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

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11/9/2016 - Have you seen this man? Goodwill on the lookout for thief
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Have you seen this man?

That is the question Goodwill in Terre Haute is asking.

According to representatives from Goodwill, the man in the video broke into the office and stole from the store on 600 South 3rd Street.

That is the Goodwill location near 3rd and Crawford. 

It happened on October 21st at around 4:30 p.m.

He is described as a black male standing 6' 3? tall.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 812-238-1661 or call Goodwill at 812-235-1827.

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11/2/2016 - Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating an individual
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating an individual wanted on two outstanding warrants. According to Court records, Michael Harvey, is not only wanted out of Clay County for Auto Theft, a Level 6 Felony, but he is also wanted by the Indiana Department of Corrections for violating the conditions of his release. Harvey is also a person of interest in the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office burglary investigation from two weeks ago that resulted in the arrest of two men.

Take a look at Harvey’s picture.

 He is a 27 year old white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds with Brown hair and Brown eyes.  

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Harvey, call our tip line at 812-238-STOP or go online at WTHITV.com and follow the links. Remember all tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and you could receive up to $1000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

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10/26/2016 - Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating another wanted individual
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating another wanted individual. According to Vigo County Court records, Colt L. Cooley, has an active warrant out of Vigo Superior Court Division 1 for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Narcotic Substance, 2 counts of Maintaining a Common Nuisance and 1 count of Unlawful Possession of a Syringe. Cooley has also been known to be armed with a firearm during previous arrests. He is described as a 38 year old white male, 4 feet tall, weighing 75 pounds with Brown hair and Brown eyes.  

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Cooley, call our tip line at 812-238-STOP or go online at WTHITV.com and follow the links. Remember all tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and you could receive up to $1000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

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10/21/2016 - Can you Identify this person?
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Sometime during the early morning hours of October 15th, 2016 an unknown middle aged white male smashed the glass on the entry door to Park Place Apartments in Terre Haute.  He did not gain entry to the building but did cause a monetary loss due to damage to the door. 

In the photographs you can see only the rear of the suspect and you can also see that he is driving a blue pick-up truck that has possible clear coat/paint damage on the right front corner area of the vehicle.

  If anyone has information regarding this vehicle please contact Det. Brad Rumsey at the Terre Haute Police Department at 812-244-2667 or call Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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10/20/2016 - “The trial will go forward.”
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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office confirms to News 10 they continue to actively search for a local man accused of knowingly spreading HIV for more than a decade.

In August, a judge ordered the release of 32-year-old Isiah Benford of Terre Haute and delayed his trial until February because some documents and witnesses were not shared with the defense sooner.

“If he was not brought to trial within a certain time period, then the court had no choice but to release him pending his trial,” said Prosecutor Terry Modesitt.

Benford awaits trial on 27 criminal counts including aggravated battery and failure to warn his partners of his HIV-positive status.

Vigo Superior Court Judge Michael Lewis previously said he was not happy with prosecutors for limiting the defense’s ability to prepare its case.

“Anytime you have issues in regards to evidentiary matter, such as witnesses, you don’t want to force the trial and lose if you don’t have the necessary pieces,” said Modesitt.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest on two counts of intimidation for threatening an alleged victim. “We need everybody with their eyes and ears open. Somebody knows something,” said Chief Deputy John Moats, with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials have received several tips and continue to follow-up on leads. They believe Benford could be out of town or even out of state.

“We’re kind of limited resource-wise to check those, other than calling those agencies, but some of these areas are rather large cities and that makes it kind of difficult,” said Moats.

“The trial, in my opinion, will go forward one way or the other,” added Modesitt.

If you see Benford or have any information regarding his whereabouts you’re asked to immediately call Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP.

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10/19/2016 - Help identify two persons of interest in several cases of fraud
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This week Crime Stoppers has been asked to help identify two persons of interest in several cases of fraud. The Rockville Police Department reports that on September 28, a male and a female placed a skimmer device onto an Automated Teller Machine at a First Financial Bank located on US41 in Rockville. The device was left on the machine for approximately 12 hours and was used to capture the card data of patrons who had used the machine. A few days later, victims reported fraudulent activity on their accounts in Illinois.

 

Take a look at the images captured by the ATM’s security cameras. The first suspect appears to be a white male with dark hair wearing a dark colored hooded jacket.

The second suspect appears to be a white female with dark hair and is also wearing a dark colored hooded jacket.

They were driving a light blue or gray Mercury Monterey minivan at the time of the crime.

If you have any information on the identity of the suspects involved, call our tip line at 812-238-STOP or go online at WTHI-TV.com and follow the links. Remember all tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and you could receive up to $1000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

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10/11/2016 - Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying two people
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying two people of interest in a case of theft and fraud. According to Vigo County Sheriff’s detectives, a report was filed on September 23 reporting a theft of personal property from a vehicle that was parked at 900 E. McCampbell Drive. The victim reported that someone was successful in using his stolen credit card at five local businesses before he had time to cancel it. Take a look at the surveillance images obtained be detectives from two of the businesses.

The first person of interest is a medium build, white male, with reddish hair, wearing a gray t-shirt.

The second person of interest is a medium build, white female with dark hair, wearing a white t-shirt with a blue jacket.

Both were seen leaving the scene in a white Ford Escape SUV that appears to have a missing passenger side rear wheel cover and may have plastic covering the rear hatch window.

If you have any information on the identity of the suspects involved, call our tip line at 812-238-STOP or go online at WTHITV.com and follow the links. Remember all tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and you could receive up to $1000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

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10/4/2016 - Theft of property from a storage unit
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This week’s Crime Stoppers case comes from the files of the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office. According to Sheriff’s detectives, a report was filed in early September reporting the theft of property from a storage unit at the Riley Self Storage facility. The Victim reported that someone had cut the lock off to gain access and stole several household items. Detectives were able to review camera footage from the facility and capture images of two suspects and a suspect vehicle.

The first suspect appears to be a thin built, white male wearing a white t-shirt and dark colored pants.

The second suspect appears to be a white female with blonde hair and can be seen through the passenger side window of the vehicle.

The suspect’s vehicle is a white colored Chevrolet Monte Carlo with tinted windows and a sunroof.

If you have any information on the identity of the suspects involved, call our tip line at 812-238-STOP or go online at WTHITV.com and follow the links. Remember all tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and you could receive up to $1000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

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9/29/2016 - THPD looking for suspect involved in theft on North 5th Street
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Terre Haute Police Department is currently investigating a theft from Sept. 22 that was caught on camera.

THPD reports it happened just after 4 a.m. on Sept. 22 in the 800 block of North 5th Street. The security footage shows a male suspect taking bolt cutters out of a duffel bag.

The male suspect then moves out of range of the camera and cuts a lock, stole items and took off.

If you have any information on the suspect, contact the Terre Haute Police Department at (812) 238-1661 or you can call Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP.

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