Mitchell Man Arrested on Theft, Burglary Charges

(BEDFORD) – A Mitchell man was arrested after he allegedly stole more than $3,000 in jewelry belonging to his grandfather.

Ardian Chastain

Police arrested 21-year-old Ardian Chastain on Wednesday night on warrants charging him with theft, burglary, operating a vehicle while intoxicated on a controlled substance and warrants for failure to appear and petition to revoke probation.

According to an Indiana State Police report, in May 2019, Chastain broke into his grandfather’s home on State Road 60 and stole jewelry from his bedroom. The 74-year-old grandfather told police his grandson was a heavy drug user and suspected he stole the items to sell or pawn for drugs and that his grandson had stolen from him before.

Indiana State Police found some of the stolen jewelry at Ace Pawn Shop on Fifth Street. Employees confirmed Chastain had pawned the items. The jewelry was returned to the owner.

A warrant was requested for his arrest.

The operating a vehicle on a controlled substance warrant was issued after Chastain was involved in an accident in February 2019.

On February 18, 2019 at 9:26 a.m., police received a call reporting an accident with injuries south of the Holiday Drive-In on State Road 37

When police arrived they found a silver 2006 Chevy Equinox turned on the passenger side.

Mitchell Fire Department and Marion Fire Department responded to the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Chastain.

According to police, Chastain was traveling south on State Road 37 when he crossed the center line into the path of a northbound vehicle. Chastain then swerved back into the southbound lane and ran off the roadway before overturning.

Chastain was transported to IU Health Hospital for a blood draw. Police received the results of that blood test in March 2019 which revealed that Chastain had amphetamine, meth, and THC in his system at the time of the accident.

A warrant was then requested for Chastain’s arrest.