GCSD ongoing investigations into auto thefts results in conviction

Andrew Frazier

Andrew Frazier

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department’s ongoing investigations over several months into thefts of vehicles resulted in another conviction this week.

Andrew Edward Frazier, 29, of Owensburg, was sentenced in Greene Superior Court on Monday to one year for theft, a Level 6 felony. He was given credit for 64 days already served and he can serve his sentence on work release with Greene County Community Corrections as long as he remains eligible.

Frazier was arrested on March 5 on warrants issued in two different cases, on charges of felony auto theft in both cases.

Frazier bonded out of jail but then failed to appear in court and arrest warrants were issued again in both cases.

On May 7, he was arrested again on the warrants and has been in jail since then.

In mid-June, Frazier signed a negotiated plea agreement along with Greene County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Keven McIntosh and Greene County Deputy Public Defender Ellen Martin.

Under the terms of the agreement, one case was dismissed and in the other, Frazier pleaded guilty to the theft.

In one case, Frazier, who sometimes used the name Drew Hughes, was accused of stealing a 2016 Honda 420 Rancher four-wheeler from a rural residence in the Bloomfield area. The owner said it was worth approximately $7,000.

The four-wheeler was recovered by the Owen County Sheriff’s Department from a residence in Owen County. The resident said he didn’t know the four-wheeler was stolen when he bought it from Frazier and a woman for $1,500.

In the other case, Frazier was accused of stealing a 1996 Toyota truck from a rural residence in the Lyons area. The truck belonged to a man in Evansville who owned property in the Lyons area. The truck had been sitting for a long time. The owner had the title but said the truck had not been registered for several years.

The truck was recovered by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

In probable cause affidavits prepared by GCSD Detective Shawn Cullison, with extensive details on these investigations, a couple of things stand out.

One is that a cell phone was dropped and left behind on the ground right beside where the four-wheeler had been parked. It turned out to have been used by Frazier and contained contact information and messages to other individuals that pertained to the investigation.

Also, three cell phones were recovered from the stolen truck and one of those had also belonged to Frazier. It contained even more information of interest to these investigations.

The other thing is that these investigations were a complicated puzzle of names, places, vehicles, meetings, arrangements, etc. with a number of individuals involved and so far, at least a couple of them have also been arrested and/or convicted in other cases.

Besides Det. Cullison, other personnel from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department that have worked on these investigations include: Chief Deputy Major George Dallaire, Detective Jim O’Malley, Deputy Terry Wade, Deputy Chris Anderson, Deputy David Elmore, Sgt. Bobby Pierce, and probably others.