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6 Arrested After Burglary at Bud's Harley-Davidson in Evansville

Six men were arrested and charged with Burglary and Organized Theft after police say they stole several hundred dollars worth of merchandise from Bud's Harley-Davidson in Evansville.

Posted: Jun 1, 2021 8:18 AM
Updated: Jun 2, 2021 1:59 PM

Six people were arrested and charged with Burglary and Organized Theft after an incident that took place at Bud's Harley-Davidson in Evansville on Monday.

Officers with the Evansville Police Department were dispatched to the store around 3:30 a.m. on Monday for a commercial burglary alarm.

Shortly after, a nearby witness called 911 and said they saw several people wearing helmets running from the store, heading toward Showplace Cinema.

Officers arrived at Bud's Harley-Davidson and saw a broken glass door. They say a K9 was used to locate the suspects, who were found nearby in a parked car on Maxwell Avenue.

Inside the car, officers say they found Avondre Luster, Terrance Rogers, Devin Dowdy, Dominic Smith, Charles Woodard, and Bernard Nelson - all from different parts of Missouri.

(L to R): Devin Dowdy, Avondre Luster, Terrance Rogers, Charles Woodard, Bernard Nelson, and Dominic Smith.

According to EPD, all six men appeared to be sweaty as if they had just been running.

Police say the driver of the vehicle, Bernard Nelson, gave consent to a search of the car.

EPD says a Bluetooth headset was found in their possession that was identified as belonging to the store by an employee of Bud's Harley-Davidson. The headset was worth around $330, according to the employee.

Police also said that five motorcycle helmets and jackets were found inside the car, but the Bud's Harley-Davidson employee said those items were not taken from the store.

The Bud's Harley-Davidson employee also noted that they were aware of several Harley Davidson stores in the Tri-State area being robbed by a group of people who would break in, find the service keys to motorcycles, and steal them by driving away on them - but police have not established a connection to those events with the six suspects from Monday's burglary incident.

All six men were booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on charges of Burglary and Organized Theft.

Since then, they were all released from the jail, each on a $5,000 bond.

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