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2 charged following thefts from vehicles

Two people have been arrested on preliminary charges of theft for allegedly being involved in a string of stealing from vehicles in the Lanesville area and possibly elsewhere.
Harrison County Sheriff Rodney (Rod) Seelye said Jerry R. Cooper, 26, and Rodney Darrell Campbell, 29, are being held in the Harrison County Jail awaiting their first court appearance. Between the two, there are expected to be a total of 14 felony counts of theft and 13 misdemeanor counts of theft.
Cooper was arrested in New Albany and Campbell was arrested in Charlestown late Monday night into Tuesday morning.
Seelye said stolen credit cards, tools, laptops, guns, keys and other items have been recovered, and most of the owners have been contacted. Some people who were unknowingly victims are in the process of being contacted to have their items returned.
‘We believe these individuals were involved in a lot of break-ins of vehicles during a three-day spree,’ Seelye said. ‘We executed a search warrant at a residence and a vehicle and recovered some of the stolen property.’
Seelye said Cooper and Campbell both have heroin and methamphetamine addictions.
‘We believe that’s a driving force behind these crimes,’ he said.
Though Seelye wasn’t ready to say the exact location where some of the stolen items came from, several posts on Facebook last week indicate that several vehicles in the Cedar Point and Willow Creek subdivisions near S.R. 62 between Corydon and Lanesville were targeted.

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