Indiana prosecutor implicates Aryan Brotherhood in crime ring that includes drugs, theft and a prison
CORYDON, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk says an investigation has linked up to 20 burglaries to four men, who he says are members of a sect of the Aryan Brotherhood.
"We've really hit the tip of the iceberg into how involved this is," he said.
Jeremy Cook is in the Clark County jail, just weeks after being released in lieu of bond from a Harrison County Jail from felony charges. The U.S. Marshals and other authorities are still looking for Gary Underwood, Joshua Cheatham, and Steven Springer III, men thought to be part of the white supremacist group with a central hub near Blanchville Correctional Facility in Perry County, Indiana and with ties to the Portland neighborhood in Louisville.
"We don't know exactly how intricate they are or complex they are, but they are a fairly organized group," Schalk added.
Investigators recovered up to $20,000 in guns, electronics, a coin collection, and more. Much of it was found at the Storage Express on Grantline Road in New Albany. According to authorities the stolen items may have come from five counties in Southern Indiana, which were turned for a profit.
"They're either funding a drug habit or something else," Schalk said.
They also busted a meth lab in a Corydon home; Schalk said was family of one of the men, thought to be a common meeting place for the criminals being sought. He said manufacturing the meth using red phosphorus obtained from Europe is known as the "Nazi Method."
Schalk also believes the crime spree transcends a burglary ring and may reach smuggling tobacco, cell phones, and drugs into a Perry County prison.
"There's some inner workings between the outside, that outside members and them, that's certainly an angle we're looking into, a central hub of the activity is related around Branchville Correctional facility," Schalk said.
Authorities said Clark County deputies recovered a baseball bat and machete with swastikas and so-called hate language.
It's an investigation Schalk says he's been conducting since January when he took office.
Authorities are considering the three suspects still on the run armed and dangerous.
Charges have not been filed by Schalk, but he expects a "litany" of them from burglary and theft, to manufacturing meth, and being involved in a criminal gang.
There will be a public showing of the stolen items on Monday, Oct. 31 at the Harrison County Justice Center in Corydon from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The public is being asked to help identify their stolen belongings at that time.