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Four accused in incident involving damage to Eastern-Greene football field, theft of track hurdles

Caleb Daniel Baker

Caleb Daniel Baker

Four individuals, including two juveniles, are in trouble with the law for allegedly being involved in an incident in which the football field was damaged and track hurdles were stolen at Eastern-Greene High School in April. After an investigation by Indiana State Police Trooper Kent Rohlfing, criminal cases were filed in early May against four suspects - information is not available regarding the juvenile cases. Coby Vincent Farley, 18, Bloomfield, has been summoned to court on misdemeanor charges and a warrant was issued for the arrest of Caleb Baker, 18, Bloomfield. Baker was just booked into jail late Thursday evening on felony and misdemeanor charges.   

Caleb Daniel Baker was arrested by Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Jackson. A warrant has been out for Baker’s arrest since May 4. His bond was set at $12,500 surety with ten percent cash allowed. He posted bond and was released the same night of his arrest.

When Baker appears in Greene Superior Court next week for his initial hearing, he is expected to be charged with:

  • Burglary, a Level 5 felony,
  • Theft, a Class A misdemeanor,
  • Criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor, and
  • Criminal trespassing, a Class A misdemeanor.

The incident at Eastern that occurred between 3-4 a.m. on April 8, was investigated by Trooper Rohlfing from the ISP Bloomington Post. Trooper Rohlfing is assigned to the ISP Methamphetamine Suppression Section and he works on a Drug Task Force Team. He has been involved in hundreds of methamphetamine and other drug investigations over the last several years. Off duty, he also works security at Eastern-Greene Schools.

On April 11, he was working off-duty security at the school when he was contacted by Jon Neill, dean of students at the high school, about someone “doing donuts” and driving a vehicle on the high school football field, leaving ruts and tire marks behind. Track hurdles had also been stolen.

Rolfing learned that a couple of days earlier, a school employee had spotted four of the missing track hurdles in the woods in the Lawrence Hollow area.

Rolfing reviewed footage from the school’s security cameras. According to Rolfing, the surveillance video showed a light-colored extended cab pick-up truck drive from the north side of the high school and enter the student parking lot, drive through the lot then up a small hill toward the football field. The truck stopped at the gate to the field and someone got out, unlatched the gate and the vehicle drove onto the field.

Rolfing reported that for a few minutes, the truck appeared to be driving in circles from one end of the field to the other, then stopped near the track hurdles before exiting the field through the open gate.      

The hurdles were recovered near Baker’s residence, Baker drove a truck similar to the one in the videos,  and several students thought it was Baker who drove on the field. He was a former student at the school who had recently withdrawn.

After taking photos of the damage to Eastern-Greene’s football field, Rohlfing started locating suspects and conducting interviews.

With some variations about who was driving the truck and who picked up the hurdles, Rohlfing learned the four had been in Bloomington then traveled back to Baker’s residence, allegedly stopping off at the school to do “burn-outs.”

All of the details gathered in Rohlfing’s investigation was submitted to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office.

Two juveniles are in trouble, but their names and other details about their cases are not a matter of public record.

On May 3, criminal charges were filed against both Baker and Farley.

In Baker’s case, the arrest warrant was issued.

In Farley’s case, he’s been summoned to appear in court for an initial hearing in early June to be charged with:

  • Theft, a Class A misdemeanor, and
  • Criminal trespassing, a Class A misdemeanor.