Authorities searching for 13 people who reportedly fled Hamilton County work release

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. — The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help tracking down more than a dozen felons who skipped out on a work release program.

The suspects are wanted for a variety of crimes including robbery, burglary and arson.

Kicking down the back door of a Fishers home, a burglar stole jewelry and electronics in 2011.  4 days later the same thief robbed a nearby CVS pharmacy.

Witnesses recognized the suspect as Chase Rollins who lived in the neighborhood.  Prosecutors say Rollins confessed to the crimes.

According to court records, Rollins pleaded guilty in 2012 but has had a warrant for his arrest since 2015.

The business names have long since changed, but at a strip mall in Carmel a fire destroyed a small deli in 2010.

Nirmal Thakur suffered serious burns in the fire and investigators say he admitted to helping a friend burn the business to try and get out of the lease.

According to his court records, Thakur pleaded guilty in 2011 before skipping out on his work release in 2012.

At an upscale Carmel home in 2013 a thief broke in and swiped jewelry and credit cards.  Prosecutors say that suspect Brandon Anderson was caught after he used those stolen cards along with his actual rewards card at a local store.

Court records again show Anderson pleaded guilty in 2014 but has had a warrant for his arrest since early lat year.

Those are just three of the 14 men and women the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says were issued warrants for violating the terms of their release.  Although one of those 14, Alfred Hayes Jr., was quickly caught and jailed.

The other 13 wanted have been identified as: Bryan Zachery Price, DeFabian Caprise Shannon, Jr., Perry Jared Avant, Kevin Lee Yard, John Blake Burge, Joshua Wayne Mildazis, Rochelle Lynn Miller, Thomas Lee Staten, Jerry Lee Stahl, Carrie Dee Copeland, Brandon Deon Anderson, Chase Allen Rollins and Nirmal Thakur.

The sheriff’s department for their part says it’s not common for inmates to violate their work release and most offenders are caught within a few days.

If you have information concerning any of these subjects, you’re asked to contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at 317-776-9887 or Hamilton County Communications at 317-773-1282. Information can also be given through Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS or

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