UPDATE (June 12, 2017) — Donald Bales pleaded guilty to a count of burglary with a deadly weapon. Several other charges were dismissed, including robbery, criminal confinement and theft of a firearm.
He was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Correction with credit for time served.
PARAGON, Ind. (Jan. 28, 2016) – Police in Morgan County arrested an Indianapolis man in connection with a violent home invasion robbery from November and expect more arrests in the case.
Donald Bales, 38, is charged with strong armed robbery, criminal confinement, burglary, theft of a firearm and theft after the Nov. 17 robbery. Police said Bales and two other suspects robbed a home on North Letterman Road in Paragon.
Around 2 p.m., a couple heard a knock at the door, and a 74-year-old woman answered to find two men who said their car was stuck in a field. The men then pulled a gun and put it in their face. They forced their way into the home and found the woman’s 78-year-old husband shaving.
The husband said a man held a gun to his head and ordered him not to move. Both the man and his wife were restrained with zip ties. The woman was held on the front porch; her husband was forced to lie on the bathroom floor.
The suspects then rummaged through the home, taking the man’s wallet, five or six guns, a big screen television and a jewelry box that also contained the man’s hearing aids. Once the suspects left, the couple freed themselves and called police. It wasn’t long before the suspects used their stolen credit cards at several locations around Indianapolis.
Police said the crime didn’t appear to be random, and the victims believed the suspects thought they’d find large amounts of money from a business the couple used to operate. The couple said they didn’t recognize the suspects. Two of them didn’t conceal their faces while the third wore a ski mask.
Detectives said evidence found at the crime scene linked Bales to the crime. Police said the investigation is ongoing and expect more arrests and charges in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Dean Minton at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at 765-342-5544, email Crimetips@morgancounty.in.gov, or send a private message to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.