Residents of Independence and Sugar Creek have been charged in Daviess County with burglary, with the 20-year old man involved in the case, Adam Miller, accused of resisting arrest, a felony. The charges stem from incidents occurring in rural Jamesport and ending after a short chase in Trenton.
Miller (of Independence) and 19-year old Malia McFarland of Sugar Creek each has been charged with first-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools. Bond for each is $75,000, with Miller and Ms. McFarland scheduled to appear on Tuesday, April 19th in the Associate Division of Daviess County Circuit Court.
A probable cause statement filed by Daviess County Deputy Sheriff Larry Adams says that Sheriff Ben Becerra received information that Miller and Ms McFarland could possibly be committing a burglary at a rural Jamesport residence owned by Michael and Diane Little.
On Sunday, the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the NITRO Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, conducted surveillance. During those efforts, Miller was observed picking up Ms. McFarland by automobile at her Sugar Creek residence. The two were then seen traveling to the rural Jamesport residence.
The statement went on to say that, upon the duo’s “unlawful entry inside the entrance”, Sheriff Becerra was joined by Daviess County Deputy Eric McAlister in taking Malia McFarland into custody. Miller then fled from the residence by foot, and then car. He is accused of “failing to stop for marked law enforcement vehicles” until being stopped and taken into custody in Trenton. Recovered from the car, according to the statement, were “burglary tools” consisting of three screwdrivers, drill bits, one steel pry bar, and two hammers.
Deputy Larry Adams has conducted an interview with Malia McFarland, in which the probable cause statement claims an “admittance to both Adams and Becerra that she and Miller entered the residence near Jamesport, for the purpose of stealing firearms, jewelry, and a safe”. McFarland is quoted as saying that Miller drove her from her residence in Sugar Creek, in which Miller has been accused of bringing the assorted tools and gloves to be used in the burglary of the residence.