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October 22, 2017

10/3/2017 2:44:00 PM
Palestine burglary case solved
A case has been solved following a burglary in Palestine more than a week ago.

According to Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing he received information from the Clark County Sheriff's office this week that Deputy Keith Crouch pulled over a Palestine man for a traffic stop and found some items in his possession.

The driver identified as Josiah J. Coates, 26, was found in possession of a large amount of cash and a bottle of prescription pills. On September 22 Palestine police investigated a burglary at a residence in the 300 block of North Main, where it was found that about $1,400 in cash were stolen from a safe located in the bedroom.

An undetermined amount of quarters were also missing from a plastic jug in the living room. The theft was believed to have occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Chief Besing and Officer Brandon Carpenter traveled to the Clark County Jail to interview Coates to see if the items traced back to their case. They were able to obtain information which led to the filing of paperwork requesting an arrest warrant for the suspect with the Crawford County State's Attorney.

The arrest warrant request is asking for charges to be filed for the class 1 felony of residential burglary, the class 3 felony of theft over $500 and the class a misdemeanor charge of theft under $500 Coates.

He is currently in custody in the Clark County Jail for driving under the influence, improper lane usage and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

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