Kentucky pair accused of Walmart theft

From Local Sources


JASPER — Police arrested two Kentucky men Thursday, accusing them of felony theft from Walmart.

Indiana State Police Detective Brock Werne was contacted by Walmart security and given a description of a man alleged to have just stolen a cart full of items from the 4040 N. Newton Street store.

Werne contacted the Jasper Police Department for assistance in locating the two suspects involved, leading to officers finding the men in the Rural King parking lot on Jasper’s south side.

The suspects, Artis L. Bunch, 33, Utica, Kentucky, and James H. Manion, 61, Henderson, Kentucky, were identified by Werne as the men who had stolen items from Walmart.

All of the items that had been stolen were recovered and returned to the store. The retail value was $1,547.93, according to police.

Police said Bunch was found to be wanted on Vanderburgh County warrants for felony possession of methamphetamine and theft and three counts of misdemeanor theft.

Manion was identified as the driver of the vehicle used to transport the pair. Police said he had altered the license plate on the vehicle in an attempt to deceive authorities.

Werne is investigating the possibility the men have committed similar crimes in the area.

Authorities booked Bunch and Manion into the Dubois County Security Center on preliminary Level 6 felony counts of theft.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office also assisted.

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