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Man Arrested After Theft At Hardy Lake State Reservoir

Last updated on Friday, July 13, 2012

(HARDY LAKE) - A 22-year-old Jackson County man faces a theft charge related to an incident reported Tuesday evening at Hardy Lake State Reservoir east of Austin, police report.

According to a press release from the Indiana State Police Post a Sellersburg, the arrest of James Stephan Tharp occurred at the residence of Eric L. Couch, 23, of Austin. Couch faces a similar theft charge in connection with the incident.

The arrests stem from an investigation that began when state troopers were called to the beach at Hardy Lake.

When they arrived, troopers were told by the victims that someone had entered their unlocked car and stole a wallet and numerous other personal items.

Police said witnesses in the area of the theft were able to describe an automobile and two alleged thieves.

That led trooper to Couch's home on York Road in Austin, where both men were arrested and taken to the Scott County Jail in Scottsburg.

Troopers also reported that they were able to recover most of the stolen property.

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