Steuben County man interrupts burglars, shoots at them

ANGOLA, Ind. (ADAMS) – A trio of accused burglars is in jail after a man caught them in his house and chased them out with bullets. The Steuben County sheriff says a man came home to his house just outside of Angola yesterday morning to find two people in his home.

That’s when he grabbed his gun and started shooting. One of the suspects jumped out a window, the other gave up. Deputies arrested the window jumper and another suspect not long after. All three men are now in jail.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office released the following:

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a daytime residential burglary that occurred in the 5600 block of East Division Rd in Steuben County’s rural Scott Township. On 09/21/2022 just after 9:15 am, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary in progress on Division Rd. The initial report indicated that the homeowner came home to find that the residence had been burglarized and located two male intruders still inside the residence.

Just prior to confronting the intruders, the homeowner armed himself with a firearm before locating the intruders hiding inside a locked bedroom. During the confrontation, the homeowner discharged the firearm twice but no one was struck or injured. One suspect fled the residence through a window and then fled the area in a vehicle and the other suspect remained at the scene. The suspect that fled was later located and taken into custody on CR 100 N near CR 250 W.

The suspect who remained at the scene was identified as 28 year old Blake William Harris of Hamilton. The suspect that fled the scene was identified as 49 year old Ricky Lee Harget of Angola. Both Harris and Harget were transported to the Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed by Sheriff’s detectives. Following those interviews, the 2 suspects were booked into the Steuben County Jail on the following charges.

Ricky L. Harget – 1 count of burglary to a dwelling, a level 4 felony

2 counts of burglary to a structure, a level 5 felony

1 count of unlawful use of a police radio, a class B misdemeanor

Blake W. Harris – 1 count of burglary to a dwelling, a level 4 felony

As the initial investigation progressed and unfolded, a third suspect involved was identified as 28 year old Troy Alexander Polk of Angola. Polk was located and taken into custody by Sheriff’s detectives in the 100 block of East Felicity Street in Angola. Following an interview with detectives, Polk was booked into the Steuben County Jail on one count of aiding in burglary to a dwelling, a level 4 felony.

Harget remains held in lieu of a $21,000.00 bond, and both Harris and Polk remain held in lieu of a $10,000.00 bond. The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and additional charges may be sought. A majority of the property allegedly taken during the burglary was recovered following the execution of a search warrant and returned to the victim. Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the Indiana State Police, Angola, Police, Steuben County EMS, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division.