Police: Jeff. woman breaks into judge's office, asks to be taken to jail


by Renee Murphy


Posted on January 31, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 8:01 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Police say a Jeffersonville woman was arrested three times in two weeks. On Wednesday night they say she broke into a judge’s office.

Before the burglary police say the suspect, Sandra Jones, was asking to be taken to jail. Prosecutors say her case highlights a bigger issue in Jeffersonville.

“I have never had anything like this happen before. Obviously you get wild stories in the kind of work that I am in but this is a first. I would say it ranks in the top 10 in peculiar,” Kenneth Pierce, attorney and Jeffersonville City Judge said.

“Apparently she walked in, made herself at home and apparently heated up a pizza and came back here and somehow picked my office and when she ate the pizza was feeling chatty, pulled out some phone books and got on the phone. They said when they got back here she was sitting back her trying to talk on the phone,” Pierce said.

Police say Jones was released from the Clark County jail across the street just before the burglary on Meigs Avenue. She was in jail for an incident that happened at Meijer in Jeffersonville earlier in the day. Police say she tried to steal a stereo and begged officers to arrest her saying she was addicted to heroin and was homeless.

“The bottom line of this story is this is the poster child for heroin addict,” Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said. “These people are basically one person crime waves.”

“This is happening all over the metro area right now and these people literally have a $500-$1000 a day drug habit and the only way to support that is to go out and steal,” Mull said.

Mull says he tries to make sure drug addicts get rehab treatments after serving their jail time.

Judge Pierce says he doesn’t know Jones and doesn’t believe she’s been in his court.