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A Columbus man and his adult son were arrested after two stolen car engines were found in the back of their truck in western Bartholomew County, police said.
Christopher Albert Whedon, 43, and Jeremy Albert Whedon, 22, each was formally charged with theft as a Class D felony. Both men live in the 1400 block of Chestnut Street, according to their jail booking report.
At 4:35 a.m. Monday, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department deputies were sent to a home near the junction of Youth Camp Road and County Road 550W to investigate a neighbor’s report of loud and suspicious noises, including glass breaking, said Bartholomew County Chief Deputy Maj. Todd Noblitt.
As Deputy Matt Bush approached the residence southeast of Harrison Lake, he pulled over a green Chevrolet pickup occupied by the Whedons that was leaving the area, Noblitt said. After the deputy asked about the two engines in the bed of the truck, the father and son said they had been given permission to take them, Noblitt said.
But due to the suspicious early morning hour, Bush detained the Whedons while he checked with the homeowner, who told the deputy he had not given anybody permission to take the motors that had been stored in an outbuilding, Noblitt said.
Other items also had recently been taken from the same storage facility, and an
investigation is underway to see if the Whedons might have been involved, Noblitt said.
Christopher and Jeremy Whedon were booked into the
Bartholomew County Jail shortly before 7:30 a.m.
Monday on charges of receiving stolen merchandise as a Class A misdemeanor. A formal warrant quickly was obtained that charges both men with felony theft, Noblitt said.
Following their arrest Monday, bond was set at $10,000 surety or $1,000 cash for both men. Jail officials said the Whedons posted the cash bond and were released 2½ hours after being booked into jail.
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