ANDERSON — Two men have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and their bond was set at half a million dollars each.
Police believe Brishon Bond, 45, of Indianapolis has committed around 36 burglaries in Hamilton, Marion and Boone counties, according to a probable cause affidavit by Brett Wright of the Madison County Sheriff's Department.
Bond and David Gross, 45, of Indianapolis are being detained on a preliminary charge of Level 4 burglary.
Magistrate Judge Jason Childers approved a 72-hour continuance on the filing of formal charges requested by the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office for both men. The continuance will expire at 1 p.m. Thursday, Childers said.
Bond was set at $500,000 each, full cash only.
A task force was formed by several agencies in the counties where Bond is accused to have committed burglaries and search warrants were obtained for Bond's cellphone and for tracking devices that were placed on vehicles Bond allegedly used in the commission of the burglaries, according to the affidavit.
On April 19, Bond was tracked to Cassel Drive, Toner Drive and Clearwater Lake in Madison County. Law enforcement officers searched for possible residences that had been burglarized after Bond left the area, but none were located at that time, according to the affidavit.
A woman called 911 several hours later at 1:58 a.m. April 20, to report that someone had broken into her home in the 2800 block of Cassel Drive. The woman said she shares the home with her grandson and a safe was missing from the residence.
She said her grandson was unable to talk to police when officers arrived — to report any additional items taken from the home — because he was at a local hospital with his wife who was giving birth to their child.
Bond and Gross, who was believed to be the driver during the burglary, were then tracked to an area in Indianapolis with a dumpster, according to the affidavit. Members of the task force located a safe matching the one reported missing from the 2800 block of Cassel Drive.
Later that day, the victim's grandson was interviewed and he said three vehicle titles, old keys on a key chain, a decorative Harley-Davidson key and $15,000 were inside the safe when it was stolen, according to the affidavit. All of the items except the titles were recovered when Bond and Gross were taken into custody.
The man told sheriff's deputies he and his wife were former friends of Gross and his wife, but during a recent baby shower the couples had a "falling out."
During his video court appearance Monday, Gross said he makes $15,000 a year working for Circle City Appliances and he owns a home worth $30,000.
Bond worked as a campaign manager for Derris “Dee” Ross, who filed to run as a Democrat for the Marion City Council District 14 in the primary on Jan. 14. An error, however, was discovered in Ross’ filing and he withdrew his Democratic candidacy on Feb. 8, according to the Marion County Election Board.
Ross indicated to the media he planned to run as an independent in the general election in the fall, but when he was contacted on Monday, he declined to comment about his candidacy or Bond’s arrest.
Bond has been arrested on numerous burglary and theft charges in Indiana. He was also implicated in the burglary of Pacers basketball player Paul George in 2014.
In 2003, Bond was found guilty of two counts of armed robbery and one count of criminal confinement in Monroe County. In 2018, he filed a petition for modification of sentence and the courts granted the modification to seven years of unsupervised probation that concluded Jan. 3.
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