(Indiana State Police News Release) – On Wednesday evening, detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg arrested Richard D. Pyke, 42, and his son, Richard “Bradley” Pyke, 19.
Both men are from Henryville, Indiana and were arrested for Theft, D Felony.
The arrests occurred after a Sergeant from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg received a call from a concerned person. The person had left their pet dog at the R.D. Pyke Funeral Home in Henryville for cremation on Monday May, 10th. The caller was allegedly told on today’s date their pet had been cremated and the ashes were ready for pick up at the funeral home. Detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg were notified of the situation and immediately knew a possible theft was in the process of being committed. State police detectives had began a new investigation at the R. D. Pyke Funeral Home on Monday May 10th, the same day that the dog had been left at the funeral home. Through the detectives investigation they knew that there was no way the remains of the family pet could be at the funeral home. All the pets had been removed from the funeral home the previous day, Tuesday May 11th, and the family pet in question was identified as being one of the pets removed.
Detectives arranged for the alleged ashes of the family pet to be picked up and paid for. Once this was completed officers immediately arrested Richard “Bradley” Pyke at the funeral home and approximately an hour and a half later Richard D. Pyke was arrested at his residence in Henryville.
Richard D. Pyke has been previously arrested by detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg. He stands accused of several counts of Insurance Fraud, D Felony and Theft, D Felony stemming from both Clark and Floyd Counties in which he had allegedly sold pre-burial insurance policies and then cashed the insurance policies in before the person had actually passed away.
Both of the arrested were incarcerated in the Clark County Jail awaiting their court appearances. This investigation is continuing.
A news conference has been scheduled for Thursday May 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM at the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg.