Three in custody following recent pursuits, home invasions, vehicle thefts

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Two people wanted in relation to a rash of vehicle pursuits, home invasions and vehicle thefts in Putnam County were taken into custody shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, State Police reported.

William Clements

At 3:54 p.m., Sgt. Joe Watts, public information officer for the ISP Putnamville District, reported that William Jordan Clements, 23, Fillmore, and Cassidy Frost, 21, Bainbridge, had been taken into custody on the north side of Greencastle.

Watts said that tips from the public and other investigative information led police to Indian Springs Apartments at 616 Arlington St.

Frost was taken into custody first and Clements was later located inside a pickup truck at the apartment complex.

State Police seized the truck to determine how Clements came to possess it.

Cassidy Frost

Earlier in the day, ISP had identified the duo as persons of interest in several events that began occurring around July 8.

Things really began heating up Wednesday afternoon when an Indiana state trooper approached a vehicle in the Fillmore area to check on a suspicious man, who then fled on foot.

Troopers and Putnam County deputies searched the area, but could not locate the man.

Then on Wednesday at 9:37 p.m., an attempted traffic stop east of Fillmore resulted in a 12-mile, 19-minute pursuit involving a stolen car out of Morgan County.

The chase concluded in a wooded area off County Road 275 East.

Abigail Acton

At that time, 20-year-old Abigail S. Acton of Clayton was taken into custody for resisting law enforcement and criminal trespass.

Three other suspects, two men and one woman, evaded capture at that time.

Watts told the Banner Graphic that investigators have reason to believe Clements and Frost were involved in the first two incidents.

The second man who fled the scene Wednesday night remained at large as of Thursday evening. State Police have not released a description of the other man.

Prior to his most recent arrest on Thursday, Clements was wanted on a warrant from Putnam Superior Court for criminal confinement, theft, resisting law enforcement, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, petition to revoke bond, and petition to revoke probation.

Since July 6, four separate criminal cases have been filed against Clements in Putnam Superior Court.

Frost had been wanted on a Putnam County Superior Court warrant for two counts of possession of a syringe and theft.

Agencies involved in the investigation included Indiana State Police, Indiana Conservation Officers, Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Greencastle Police Department and Cloverdale Police Department.

Area residents are reminded to not leave keys or valuables in their vehicles, keep vehicles and homes locked at all times, and report suspicious pedestrian and vehicle traffic to law enforcement.

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