The Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division has arrested a 34-year-old Elkhart County woman following a three-week investigation into multiple burglary charges stemming from alleged crimes against rural Amish residences in western LaGrange County.
According to ISP Detective Jeff Boyd, a “pattern of burglaries” in LaGrange County occurred during late July and into early August in which Marylou Ann Richards, 34, of Elkhart County was alleged to have targeted members of the Amish community while they attended church on Sundays.
At least two residences were burglarized using limited force. The houses were rummaged through and primarily cash, checks and credit cards were taken. A break in the case came when a homeowner confronted Richards, who was asking for directions, and obtained the license plate of the vehicle she had been in.
Richards was stopped by the Middlebury Police Department for a traffic violation on Aug. 15 and was arrested on outstanding warrants out of the cities of Goshen and Elkhart on unrelated charges. She is currently being held in the Elkhart County Jail.
As a result of Boyd’s investigation, on Aug. 24 Richards was served with an arrest warrant from LaGrange County for two counts of burglary, both Class B felonies.
Agencies assisting in the investigation included the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, the Middlebury Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Shipshewana Police Department.