TERRE HAUTE —
A Rosedale man who was arrested Friday morning in connection with a stolen vehicle appeared in Parke Circuit Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to three felonies and one misdemeanor.
Nineteen-year-old Jonathon Carnes had been arrested on suspicion of burglary, vehicle theft, theft, and leaving the scene of an accident.
The arrest came after an Indiana State Police walk-through at Rosedale Elementary. At about 11:30 a.m. Friday, Trooper Michael Organ was at the school as part of the ISP School Walk-Through Initiative, which is aimed at preventing crime and ensuring school safety.
While at the school, Organ received a tip about a suspicious person and vehicle that had been at the school earlier that day. The man was denied entry to the school, and began driving around homes near the school. The man also reportedly struck and damaged a pole on school property, then left the scene.
Trooper Organ located a vehicle matching the description — a tan 2000 Ford extended cab dually pickup — parked on Miller Street in Rosedale. Organ found that the truck had been taken from a Parke County business located on U.S. 41 in Lyford.
Judge Sam Swaim accepted Carnes’ guilty plea and set sentencing for Sept. 17.