ISP; HPD Investigating The Crash Of A Bike Stolen From A Now “Operation Big Brother” Convict
Two men, including 38-year old Nathaniel Walz of Huntingburg were arrested Wednesday night for their alleged roles in the theft and sale of the motorcycle.
Indiana State police say the motorcycle was taken from the home of Rosetta Allbright near Fulda sometime in March. Allbright was incarcerated at the time in Perry County and she was also facing drug-related charges in Dubois County. She was one of 16 people arrested during “Operation Big Brother” last June. Allbright was sentenced on the Dubois County charges April 15th. She was returned to the Perry County jail to face unrelated charges there.
A state police investigation learned that Allbright, while incarcerated, asked a friend to retrieve the motorcycle from the home of David Gabberd who also lives in Fulda. Allbright told ISP that Gabberd is her ex-boyfriend and she believed he was the person who stole it.
State police say the 48-year old Gabberd told Allbright’s friend that the motorcycle and title were both gone and he told the friend he did not know where the bike had gone.
ISP investigators did find out that Gabberd sold the motorcycle to 38-year old Nathaniel Walz of Huntingburg. ISP says at the time of the sale, both Gabberd and Walz knew that the motorcycle belonged to Allbright.
A search of area impound lots found the bike at Kars Garage in Huntingburg. ISP learned the motorcycle was involved in an accident in Huntingburg on March 29th (not this past Tuesday as was first reported by ISP).
Huntingburg assistant police chief Ronnie Bowman says the accident remains under investigation and because the accident is connected to a state police investigation, few details have been released including the names of the two people on the motorcycle at the time crash.
In a news release at the time of the crash, it was reported a female was found unresponsive in the parking lot of the Mor For Less store (103 N. Main St.) where the accident happened. She was life-flighted to an Evansville hospital. She has since been released from the hospital.
Huntingburg police say there was also a man on the motorcycle when it crashed and their investigation showed alcohol was in his system. Now at the time of the crash, it was not known if the man or the woman was driving the motorcycle.
Meanwhile, state police say their investigation of the bike’s theft resulted in both Walz and Gabberd being taken into custody this past Wednesday evening. Both were at home at the time of their arrests; both were transported to the Spencer County Jail in Rockport.
Both are charged with Level 6 felony counts of Receiving Stolen Auto Parts. Gabberd is also charged with Level 6 felony Criminal Conversion and False Informing; a Class A misdemeanor.
Meanwhile, Huntingburg police say charges are pending in connection with the motorcycle accident.