INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Charges were filed Wednesday morning against five individuals in connection with a multi-county auto theft operation.
Jeremy Henderson and Jamison Scott were charged with corrupt business influence, four counts of money laundering and four counts of auto theft. Dominique Miller was arrested on charges of forgery and auto theft. Arron Smith was charged with altering or removing an original or special vehicle identification number, possession of a vehicle with an altered vehicle identification number, sale of vehicle with altered vehicle identification number and auto theft. Terrel Kay faces a single charge of auto theft.
The charges stem from a nearly year-long undercover operation conducted by the Lawrence Police Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana State Police and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
“The agencies and undercover officers as well as our deputy prosecutors involved in these cases should be commended for their work,” said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry. “This was a lengthy and dangerous investigation that exemplifies the positive results we can get from interagency cooperation. The perpetrators of these crimes have stolen more than vehicles, they have robbed residents and business owners of their sense of security.”
According to the probable cause affidavit, the vehicles were stolen from various Central Indiana locations. Authorities said seven of the alleged stolen vehicles were purchased from the suspects by undercover officers.
“One of the defendants stated that his cohort would steal all night and sleep during the day,” said Curry, “and stated that he could have a car for sale every single days for the undercover agents.”
Authorities said some of the crimes involved a carjacking on W. 11th Street, a Greenwood residential driveway, an auto dealership in Plainfield and an Indianapolis car rental agency. The value of the seven stolen vehicles is estimated at more than $104,000.
“Carjacking being the worst case scenario,” said Sgt. Dave Bursten of the Indiana State Police, “there’s nothing more sickening than getting up in the morning to come out and look at the spot where your car was parked and its gone.”
“These are dangerous operations when you go undercover and try to infiltrate these auto thieves and their undercover operations,” said IMPD Deputy Chief Bill Lorah.
Suspects Henderson, Kay, Miller and Smith are currently in custody. However, authorities are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Scott. He is 26 years old, 6-feet-2-inches tall and approximately 205 pounds. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.