Four alleged burglars arrested after alert neighbor calls police

Mishawaka Police were called to a home in the 2800 block of W. 6th Street around 2:30 p.m. on October 3 to investigate a burglary in progress.

A nearby resident had called police after she saw at least three people enter the residence, but they did not belong there.

When officers arrived, they announced their presence at the residence and asked anyone inside to come out.

Richard Rigsby and Rachel Ford-Hatton exited the building, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Officers again asked anyone inside to come out and Tanner Overton and Stephanie Smolka came out side, reports said.

The resident told officers no one had permission to be inside her home.

When officers went inside, they located two bags next to the door containing DVDs, according to the probable cause affidavit.

All four allegedly admitted they did not have permission to be inside the home.

Each defendant was charged with one count of burglary.

According to the prosecutor's office:

  • Rigsby is on bond for a burglary charge and the trial is scheduled for November 15.
  • Smokla has two warrants for her arrest.
  • Overton has a pending burglary charge and has a status hearing on that charge on October 27.
  • Ford-Hatton was convicted of theft in November 2014.
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