Two suspected in burglary at deputy’s home caught in South Dakota

GREENFIELD — Two people suspected of burglarizing the home of Hancock County sheriff’s deputy were arrested in South Dakota after leading officers on a high-speed chase, according to police.

Janelle Perkins, 28, of Greenfield, and Korey Sawicki, 26, of Knightstown broke through a locked side door at a deputy’s New Palestine home in late October, taking the officer’s badge, two of his personal handguns, a chain saw and a television, investigators said.

Trail cameras on the property caught images of the pair, and police used those pictures to seek the public’s help in identifying who was involved. They received dozens of tips about the pair, they said.

Perkins and Sawicki were found in Rapid City, South Dakota, where they led police there on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash prior to their arrests.

They are booked into the Pennington County Jail in South Dakota early Thursday, according to the jail’s online records. They are also being held on a list of local charges, including possession of various drugs and resisting law enforcement, records show.

Police believe Perkins and Sawicki will be transported back to Indiana in the next few days. Investigators are still working to determine if Perkins and Sawicki played roles in other burglaries in Hancock County and Central Indiana.

Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or