Meth seized after theft-in-progress reportFebruary 4, 2020
From Local Sources
LOOGOOTEE — Multiple arrests resulted last week when police responded to a report of a theft in progress at a Loogootee auto parts store.
Loogootee Police Department Officer Tony Dant, Martin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Wright and Indiana State Police Trooper Jarrod Lents responded at 10:04 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, when a possible theft in progress was reported at O’Reilly Auto Parts.
O’Reilly employees reported that a man and a woman had just stolen items from the store, according to the sheriff’s office. Officers then located Cecorra R. Holt, 21, Loogootee, at the adjacent Family Dollar store and Dylan V. Bruner, 26, Loogootee, in the parking lot there.
While investigating the theft, according to the sheriff’s office, officers located stolen items from O’Reilly and Family Dollar, as well as methamphetamine, a controlled substance, marijuana and paraphernalia in the vehicle in use in association with the thefts.
The sheriff’s office then requested the assistance of Martin County Prosecutor Aureola Wright in securing a search warrant for Holt’s residence, which Martin Circuit Court Judge Lynne E. Ellis granted.
Deputies, troopers and police officers executing the warrant located additional methamphetamine, hypodermic needles, marijuana and paraphernalia in the residence.
Detained at the home were Mark A. Payne, 31, Loogootee, and Jody W. Williams, 42, Loogootee, police said. Shortly after, officers located Devaughn R. Mesarosh, 40, who also lived at the residence, according to the sheriff’s office.
Charges accompanying the arrests and seizure of methamphetamine were:
Holt — Level 6 felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle and misdemeanor counts of theft, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Bruner — A Level 6 felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of theft, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.
Payne — Level 6 felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle and maintaining a common nuisance, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Williams — Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.
Mesarosh — Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle.
Police announcing the arrests noted all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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