Cole Hankins and Robyn Funk

WATERLOO – Detectives from the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post recently concluded a lengthy DeKalb County residential burglary investigation, resulting in the arrests of two Kendallville residents.

On June 2, 2019, DeKalb County Sheriff deputies were called to investigate a reported residential burglary in the 4000 block of County Road 4, Waterloo, IN. The responding officers found the residence ransacked, with numerous items reported as being stolen, including a stolen pickup truck.

On June 3, 2019, DeKalb deputies were called back to the residence, as the previously stolen truck was reported to have returned to the property. A search of the property was conducted but no suspects were located at the time. It was believed that the suspects were “spooked” and fled the scene upon the deputies arrival. ISP Detectives and an ISP Crime Scene Technician were called in to assist with the processing of evidence recovered at the scene, and ISP was requested to continue the investigation.

On July 19, 2019, after developing leads in their investigation, ISP Detectives were led to a Kendallville residence on Sherman Street to speak with 37-year-old Cole M. Hankins of Kendallville, one of their primary suspects. When Detectives attempted to make contact with Hankins at the Sherman Street home, a barricaded standoff ensued for a short period of time. Hankins eventually surrendered to the detectives and was taken into custody on an outstanding Noble County arrest warrant for Possession of Meth. Further suspect and witness interviews confirmed Hankins involvement in the DeKalb County burglary, along with a second female suspect, 48-year-old Robyn L. Funk of Kendallville.

After review of the ISP investigation, the DeKalb County Prosecutor’s office issued arrest warrants for both Cole Hankins and Robyn Funk on numerous felony charges as related to the burglary incident. Both subjects are currently incarcerated in the DeKalb County Jail for the following offenses:

Cole M. Hankins:

Burglary Level 4 Felony

Burglary Level 4 Felony

Auto Theft Level 6 Felony

Auto Theft Level 6 Felony

Theft Level 6 Felony

Robyn L. Funk:

Burglary Level 4 Felony

Burglary Level 4 Felony

Auto Theft Level 6 Felony

Theft Level 6 Felony

Indiana State Police Detectives were assisted in this investigation by Kendallville Police Department, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, the DeKalb County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Noble County Prosecutor’s Office.