By Sadie Hunter
An arrest by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has potentially solved as many as 30 thefts and burglaries in the area.
On July 5, officers from the sheriff’s office arrested Patrick Joseph Miler, 29, Arcadia in a barn on a property in Arcadia where he was living and where numerous items detectives said they believe were stolen from places in both Madison and Hamilton counties. Recovered property included tools, power tools, coins, an ATV and other, similar items.
Detectives said they are still actively investigating incidents in which Miller might be involved.
“While investigators are not sure of the exact number of cases the arrest brings to a close, they believe the individual may be responsible for as many as 30 thefts and burglaries,” a press release from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office reads.
The sheriff’s office said they were lead to Miller after finding a wallet containing his identification was found at the scene of a reported burglary in the 19600 block of Grassy Branch Road July 5.
“The burglarized property also had surveillance cameras around the area that assisted deputies with identifying the suspect,” the press release reads.
Investigators said they believe Miller’s crime spree may have been motivated by possible drug use. Miller is thought to have committed thefts and burglaries in Westfield and Noblesville in Hamilton County and Anderson in Madison County, as well as possible other locations.
Patrick Miller is currently incarcerated with a $50,000 bond in the Hamilton County Jail with charges of Burglary, a Level 5 felony, Motor Vehicle Theft, a Level 6 felony, Theft of a Firearm, a Level 6 felony, and Theft, a Class A misdemeanor.