charges filed in random crime spree case
Wanda English Burnett
crime spree that spanned three counties - Ripley, Decatur, and
Franklin - has landed three Ripley County men in jail where they
face multiple felony counts including arson, burglary, theft,
Kenneth R. Partlow II, 19, of Sunman, learned on Friday, February
11 that he was facing 17 felony counts and eight misdemeanor counts
in Ripley County. He is presently incarcerated in the Franklin
County Jail already on charges from that county for the same type
In a Probable Cause Affidavit filed in Ripley County Court, Partlow
admitted he was involved in arson fires in October of 2010 and
named others involved as well. He told how they just randomly
found a mobile home that they believed to be abandoned, kicked
in the front door, found some cooking oil and dumped it out. They
then lit the oil and ran out of the trailer.
Indiana State Police Detective Kip Main investigated a list of
crimes Partlow said he was involved in which included arson, burglary,
vandalism, and theft, across the county.
The lengthy investigation involved a number of police agencies
with charges of Conspiracy to Commit Arson, Class B Felony; Conspiracy
to Commit Burglary, Class C Felony; Conspiracy to Commit Arson,
Class D Felony; Burglary, Class C Felony; Theft, Class D Felony;
Criminal Mischief, Class A Misdemeanor; Aiding Criminal Mischief,
Class A Misdemeanor; levied against Partlow. These are for Ripley
County alone. He faces multiple charges in Franklin County related
to this investigation.
Travis W. Christenberry, 22, of Batesville, was arrested Saturday,
February 12 on five felony counts and one misdemeanor count including
arson, burglary and criminal mischief related charges stemming
from the same investigation.
Christenberry had been arrested previously on a warrant from Franklin
County on the same type of charges.
Added to the arrests was Eric M. Carpenter, 20, of Versailles,
who was charged with Receiving Stolen Property relating to the
Also two juveniles, one from Ripley County and one from Franklin
County are facing charges as well. The Ripley County juvenile
is in custody at the Dearborn County Juvenile Detention Center
on unrelated charges. The Franklin County juvenile is free pending
a juvenile hearing in that county.
Across the county the random acts of burglary, theft, arson, and
vandalism seemed to have no rhyme or reason. They impacted residents
barns, businesses, homes, vehicles and properties.
Police began receiving reports sporadically from all areas and
were kept busy taking reports and listening to the many acts of
criminal activity that had taken place some in September and October
of last year.
The list for some of those involved is lengthy and if found guilty
they could serve some serious jail time for the felony charges.