Report of suspicious people result in apprehension of pair wanted on warrants

Sarah O. Callon; photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

Two people are in custody after Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of suspicious people at a rest stop off of Interstate 65.

Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department, says that at about 12:20 a.m. on Thursday, Sgt. Kris Weisner responded to the complaint at the I-65 northbound rest park. When Weisner arrived, he reportedly found the suspect’s vehicle in the southbound rest park.

Sgt. Weisner made contact with the occupants, 36-year-old Daniel S. Shuffitt, of Columbus, and 27-year-old Sarah O. Callon, of Franklin. During his investigation, he learned that both Shuffitt and Callon were wanted on outstanding warrants.

Indiana State Police Troopers arrived on the scene to help. Trooper Jacob Tolle reportedly saw drug-related paraphernalia on the driver-side floorboard of the vehicle, leading to K9 Bolt being brought in. Authorities say that Bolt was alerted to narcotics inside the vehicle. A search allegedly resulted in the discovery of several additional drug-related items inside.

photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

Shuffitt was transported to Columbus Regional Health after complaining of feeling ill. Jackson says that he remains at the hospital, where his condition is unknown. Callon was arrested for her warrant and remains behind bars on $5,000 bond.

Sheriff Matt Myers says this incident illustrates the importance of reporting suspicious behavior. “If there are individuals who may be engaging in activities that could be threatening to our community, the best way we can prevent this is for people who see something that is suspicious to call law enforcement,” says Myers.