Gibson County – Jeffrey Brooks, 41, was arrested on January 7 after a criminal investigation revealed he burglarized a residence located at CR 1675 West near Owensville.
On January 7 at approximately 9:25 a.m., an Indiana Conservation Officer stopped a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck on CR 1675 West near Owensville for a license plate violation. The driver of the truck was identified as Kendra Moranz, 26, of Evansville. Since the pickup truck matched the description of a vehicle that had been seen in the area of recent burglaries, Deputy Tim Coomer drove to a nearby residence to see if the home had been burglarized. While inspecting the residence Coomer noticed an open window and other signs that indicated the home had been burglarized. Due to lack of evidence for an immediate arrest, an officer gathered Moranz’s information and she was released. Indiana State Police Detectives Tobias Odom and Brad Chandler later found Brooks walking behind a house west of SR 165 on CR 875 South. The investigation revealed Brooks allegedly enter the residence on CR 1675 West and took several items. He was arrested for burglary and taken to the Gibson County Jail.
Indiana State Police Detectives Tobias Odom and Brad Chandler along with Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Detective Joe Beckweth and Gibson County Sheriff’s Detective Chuck Finnerty continued to investigate Moranz’s connection to Brooks. Further investigation revealed Moranz used her pickup truck and allegedly drove Brooks to the residence on CR 1675 West knowing the residence was going to be burglarized. Moranz would then stay in the area until he needed to be picked up. Their operation was foiled when Moranz was stopped for a traffic violation.
Earlier today, the Gibson County Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Moranz. Indiana State Police Detectives Odom and Chandler arrested Moranz at her sister’s house in Evansville at 11:50 a.m. without further incident. She was taken to the Gibson County Jail where she is currently being held on bond.
Arrested and Charges:
- Kendra Moranz, 26, 1219 Louisiana, Evansville, IN
- Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Level 6 Felony
Investigating Officers: Detective Tobias Odom, Indiana State Police
Assisting Agency: Owensville Police