SUBJECT: Home Burglar Apprehended Early Sunday Morning
RELEASE NUMBER: 2016-NR-074
CONTACT: Lieutenant Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff David Wedding
On Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 5:14am the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Greendale Drive within Old Petersburg Place subdivision in reference to suspicious circumstances.
A witness reported to 911 that a skinny white male, wearing no shirt and suspenders, was removing items from a neighbor’s residence. The unidentified male was placing the items into the bed of a white Chevrolet truck with a Kentucky license plate. A direction of travel was given to 911 by the witness as the vehicle left the area.
A sheriff’s deputy was nearby and observed the truck hauling numerous items as it traveled eastbound on Mt. Pleasant Road. A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with the driver and sole occupant of the truck. Deputies could plainly see the bed of the truck overloaded with items to the point that the driver could not see out of the rear window.
The driver was identified as Mr. Stephen T. Hape. Mr. Hape provided a fabricated explanation to deputies about his business at the residence. Mr. Hape claimed that he had been instructed by his employer to remove items from the residence for the purpose of transporting them to a nearby landfill. Deputies were able to disprove Mr. Hape’s explanation by speaking to the home owner and Mr. Hape’s employer.
The homeowner responded to the traffic stop and positively identified all of the items in Mr. Hape’s truck. When the items were transported back to their origin, the homeowner discovered that Mr. Hape had vandalized numerous items while inside the residence. Mr. Hape had intentionally clogged drains and left water running, which caused significant water damage to the upstairs and downstairs of the residence. Mr. Hape had also carved profanities into a dishwasher. Mr. Hape had also damaged several items while he removed them from the home.
During a search of Mr. Hape’s truck, deputies located narcotic paraphernalia and several Vyvanse capsules. Vyvanse is a schedule II controlled substance that Mr. Hape did not have a prescription for.
Mr. Hape was transported to Vanderburgh County Jail, where he was booked on a multiple charges.
Stephen Trey Hape (pictured above), 27, of Henderson, Kentucky. Burglary as a Level 4 Felony, Theft as a Level 6 Felony, Criminal Mischief as a Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of a Controlled Substance as a Class A Misdemeanor.