2 North Vernon residents face theft charges

NORTH VERNON – Two North Vernon residents are facing felony theft charges after up to $1,500 worth of items — including a handgun — were stolen from a residence where they has just spent the night. 

Isaac Robbins, 22, and Keersten Smith, 18, also are charged with carrying a handgun without a permit, according to a release from the North Vernon Police Department.

While Robbins had the stolen Ruger SR40 secured in his waistband when apprehended, the handgun was recovered without incident, the release stated.

A number of electronic gaming systems also were discovered stolen Friday — one day after Robbins and Smith spent the night in the 500 block of South State Street in North Vernon, the release stated. 

When the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 units were sold to a gaming store, an employee recognized the name of the owner written on the systems and notified police, according to the release.

Investigators found further information that led them to the discovery of more stolen items, as well as drug paraphernalia, in a bag hidden within the Crosley Fish and Wildlife area of southern Jennings County, the release stated.     

Both Robbins and Smith were taken into custody after police were tipped off that Smith had an appointment at a local shop over the weekend, the release stated.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.