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ARRESTS MADE: Officials announce arrests in cemetery, oil field thefts

Posted by on Friday, August 23rd, 2019 @ 11:16 am.

WHITE CO., Ill. – The White County Sheriff’s Office made two arrests in connection with two oil field thefts and a burglary at Union Ridge Cemetery, reports Sheriff Doug Maier.

Maier said that Sgt. Craig Poole was following up with investigation of the burglary at Union Ridge Cemetery when a Crime Stopper tip led the investigation to New Haven in Gallatin County. Sgt. Poole met with Sheriff Doug Maier and Gallatin County Sheriff Shannon Bradley.

Joseph Webb
Samantha Wheatley

A stolen John Deere Gator was located at 424 Market Street in New Haven. Joseph Webb, 38, and Samantha Wheatley, 25, reside at this location. Both subjects were placed under arrest by Sheriff Bradley for possession of stolen property at this time.

The John Deere Gator along with a Stihl chainsaw, Stihl hedge trimmer, Echo leaf blower, Echo weedeater and a Dewalt air compressor were recovered at two locations in New Haven. Several oil field valves were also recovered that were bewlieved to be stolen from White County.

Webb and Wheatley were transported to the White County Jail in Carmi. Sgt. Poole and Sheriff Maier interviewed both subjects and based on their statements, the two were charged with two counts of Theft and criminal Damage in reference to the oilfield thefts and one count of Burglary and Criminal Damage in reference to Union Ridge.

White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud authorized the charges and obtained a bond of $100,000 on each subject.

Maier stated he wished to thank Sgt. Poole for his excellent work and Sheriff Bradley for his assistance.

“Great job of working together,” Maier said in a prepared statement, “which resulted in solving two thefts and a burglary here in White County, as well as the recovery of a large amount of stolen property.”

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