Gunn v. State, No. 570S117

Docket NºNo. 570S117
Citation281 N.E.2d 484, 258 Ind. 374
Case DateApril 24, 1972
CourtSupreme Court of Indiana

Page 484

281 N.E.2d 484
258 Ind. 374
Alonzo GUNN, James Gunn, Appellants,
v.
STATE of Indiana, Appellee.
No. 570S117.
Supreme Court of Indiana.
April 24, 1972.
Rehearing Denied June 1, 1972.

[258 Ind. 375]

Page 485

Palmer K. Ward, Indianapolis, for appellants.

Theodore L. Sendak, Atty. Gen., William F. Thompson, Asst. Atty. Gen., Indianapolis, for appellee.

PRENTICE, Justice.

Defendants (Appellants) were convicted by jury of entering to commit a felony, in violation of Acts of 1941, ch. 148, § 5, 1956 Repl. Burns Ind.Stat.Ann. § 10--704, IC 1971, 35--13--4--5. They were sentenced to imprisonment for an indeterminate period of not less than one nor more than five years and disfranchised. On appeal, only the sufficiency of the evidence is challenged.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., in response to instructions from police headquarters, two police cars went to the scene of an apparent break-in. The scene was a department store situated in a shoppoing center. It had last been seen in its normal state at 4:00 p.m. on the preceding day. One of the officers went to the rear of the store and one to the front. The one going to the rear came upon the defendant, Alonzo Gunn, sitting in his automobile parked nearby with the engine running. A pair of bolt cutters were in the vehicle. At the same time, this officer saw another man run from the area of the store's loading dock. The unidentified man ran around the building, and the officer radioed this information to the other policeman, who had been dispatched to the front of the premises. The officer at the front, shortly thereafter, apprehended the defendant James Gunn, walking around the building but winded and breathing hard. An inspection of the store disclosed that it had been broken into by breaking through a door panel. Property therein had been moved about, but none had been removed. Inside, padlocks on two doors had been cut. Outside, the padlocks on two trailers had been cut. The bolt cutters were introduced into evidence, although the padlocks were not, [258 Ind. 376] and Officer Walterman, testifying for the State, said that in his opinion the bolt cutters were capable of cutting the locks.

The defendants were apprehended in the immediate area of where a burglary was either in progress or had very recently been attempted. One was in position to serve as both a lookout and driver for a fast get-away. It was a time of night when the premises were not open for business and it is unlikely for...

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  • Moore v. State, No. 572S62
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • March 7, 1973
    ...286 N.E.2d 840; Wardlaw v. State (1972), Ind., 286 N.E.2d 649; Capps v. State (1972), Ind., 282 N.E.2d 833; Gunn v. State (1972), Ind., 281 N.E.2d 484. A brief synopsis of only that evidence most favorable to the state reveals the following On April 16, 1966, Walter Trobaugh was living in a......
  • Shank v. State, No. 3--772A30
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • November 21, 1972
    ...evidence if it is of such probative value that a reasonable inference of guilty may be drawn therefrom. Gunn v. State (1972), Ind., 281 N.E.2d 484, 485; Vaughn v. State (1971), Ind., 266 N.E.2d 219, In the instant case, the defendant testified that he purchased a 1965 Chevelle that was simi......
  • Lisenko v. State, No. 3--575A78
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • April 20, 1976
    ...sufficient where there was some evidence of the intent of the accused once inside of a structure or building. See, Gunn v. State (1972), 258 Ind. 374, 281 N.E.2d 484; Easton v. State (1972), 258 Ind. 204, 280 N.E.2d 307; Hobbs v. State (1969), 253 Ind. 195, 252 N.E.2d 498; Ruggirello v. Sta......
  • Martin v. State, No. 3--373A25
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • August 23, 1973
    ...We are also cognizant of the fact that a criminal conviction may rest entirely upon circumstantial evidence. Gunn v. State (1972), Ind., 281 N.E.2d 484; Page 131 Vaughn v. State (1971), Ind., 266 N.E.2d 219. In the case at bar, the evidence adduced at trial is totally circumstantial. Such e......
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  • Moore v. State, No. 572S62
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • March 7, 1973
    ...286 N.E.2d 840; Wardlaw v. State (1972), Ind., 286 N.E.2d 649; Capps v. State (1972), Ind., 282 N.E.2d 833; Gunn v. State (1972), Ind., 281 N.E.2d 484. A brief synopsis of only that evidence most favorable to the state reveals the following On April 16, 1966, Walter Trobaugh was living in a......
  • Shank v. State, No. 3--772A30
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • November 21, 1972
    ...evidence if it is of such probative value that a reasonable inference of guilty may be drawn therefrom. Gunn v. State (1972), Ind., 281 N.E.2d 484, 485; Vaughn v. State (1971), Ind., 266 N.E.2d 219, In the instant case, the defendant testified that he purchased a 1965 Chevelle that was simi......
  • Lisenko v. State, No. 3--575A78
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • April 20, 1976
    ...sufficient where there was some evidence of the intent of the accused once inside of a structure or building. See, Gunn v. State (1972), 258 Ind. 374, 281 N.E.2d 484; Easton v. State (1972), 258 Ind. 204, 280 N.E.2d 307; Hobbs v. State (1969), 253 Ind. 195, 252 N.E.2d 498; Ruggirello v. Sta......
  • Martin v. State, No. 3--373A25
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • August 23, 1973
    ...We are also cognizant of the fact that a criminal conviction may rest entirely upon circumstantial evidence. Gunn v. State (1972), Ind., 281 N.E.2d 484; Page 131 Vaughn v. State (1971), Ind., 266 N.E.2d 219. In the case at bar, the evidence adduced at trial is totally circumstantial. Such e......
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