South Bend man arrested for stealing guns from Kosciusko County resident

An 18-year-old South Bend man is in jail for stealing several guns from a Kosciusko County resident, while he and his wife were out for church.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office, on October 2, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Officer Donald McCune responded to a theft call in Kosciusko County. When the officer arrived he spoke with the homeowner who advised he and his wife went to church and left their foster son at home.

When they returned home from church, their foster son told them another one of their foster sons came to the house and left with three male subjects in a blue Chevrolet Impala. While there, two of the males entered the home and took two Winchester 22 caliber rifles, a JC Higgins Lever Action 16 gauge shotgun, a H&R 20 gauge shotgun, a Marlin 22 caliber rifle and a Ward Western FI model 940 12 gauge shotgun.

Officer McCune spoke with the witness who advised he knew two of the subjects that stole the guns by their street names, “Drippy Dre” and “Merch Datz Tey.” The witness showed the officer a Facebook photo showing the two subjects sitting on top of the blue 2006 Chevrolet Impala.

Officer McCune contacted the South Bend Police Department and provided Detective Kyle Dombrowski with the street names of the individuals that stole the weapons. Dombrowski was familiar with the subjects and advised the Indiana State Police had been in pursuit of a blue 2006 Impala and guns were located in the car that had been reported stolen. The Impala was impounded at Hamilton’s Towing in South Bend.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Detective Shane Bucher sent the Facebook photograph to Detective Dombrowski who identified the two males as Damontroy Boon and a minor male. Dombrowski also advised the minor was in the Impala at the time the car was stopped.

Detective Bucher obtained a search warrant for the Impala and found some of the guns. The H&R 20 gauge shotgun, Marlin 22 caliber rifle and Ward Western FI model 940 12 gauge shotgun were recovered from the vehicle.

The victim identified the firearms as the same weapons stolen from his residence on October 2.

Boone, 18, of South Bend, was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on Thursday, November 10 and charged with theft of a firearm, a level 6 felony. His bond is set at $5,250.