The case involves the theft of a 2006 Polaris Ranger TM from a Culver Military Academy storage facility. Security Officer Sally Ricciardi had reported the vehicle missing on May 27, 2011. She told the officer the last time the vehicle had been seen was October 2010.
Almost a year later, on May 23, 2012 the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a part-time employee of the Academy who believed he had seen the missing ATV on a farm on Tulip Road.
Officer Nick Laffoon with the Sheriff’s Department responded and confirmed matching VIN numbers. The family who had possession of the stolen Polaris told the officer they had purchased it from Kurt McMillen for $2,250 in February of 2012.
An investigation began and it was determined that McMillen had worked at CMA in 2010 as a security person and had a key to the facility where the Polaris was stored. The investigation continued with Indiana State Police Trooper Ryan Lebo and in September a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Graham Polando did a plea agreement and on December 19th McMillen accepted the plea agreement which included pleading guilty to a class A misdemeanor for theft, one year incarcerated – suspended, one year of reporting probation, 80 hours of community restitution service a $1 fine and $166 court costs.