Standoff ends with two men arrested on burglary, theft charges

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Standoff ends with two men arrested on burglary, theft charges

DEKALB CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – The Indiana State Police arrested two northeast Indiana men Tuesday afternoon on burglary and theft charges after they allegedly broke into an Auburn home and then found themselves holed up in a residence south of Garrett on State Road 327.

According to Indiana State Police Detective Jake Quick, police were summoned to the 1400 block of Sprott Street in Auburn between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to investigate an alleged burglary in which the owner of the residence came home to find two men taking items from his residence.

After confronting the men, the owner went back into his residence to see what had been taken, at which time, the two men left the scene. The victim was able to provide the identity of one of the suspects to police, who later tracked him down to a residence in the 6900 block of State Road 327, just south of Garrett.

Two men, later identified as 25-year-old Erich J. Zumbaugh of Waterloo and 29-year-old Lucas Chalfant of Fort Wayne, were seen on the property by Trooper Ben Kirk at approximately 1:05 p.m., but quickly retreated into the residence and refused to answer the door. A search warrant was obtained and the Indiana State Police SWAT Team assisted in making entry into the residence where both men were located and taken into custody without incident at about 4:10 p.m.

Both men were interviewed and subsequently taken to the DeKalb County Jail and incarcerated on the following preliminary charges:

Erich J. Zumbaugh
Burglary, Level 5 Felony
Theft, Class A Misdemeanor
Warrants for Possession of Marijuana, Failing to Report to Jail and Probation Violation

Lucas Chalfant
Burglary, Level 5 Felony
Theft, Class A Misdemeanor
The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Auburn Police Department, Garrett Police Department and the DeKalb County Sheriff Department.