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Jennings Sunday: Man arrested in theft of educational games

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NORTH VERNON — North Vernon Police Department worked with Columbus officers last week to catch a local man accused of stealing educational video games from Columbus stores.

Jason S. Feaster, 28, of North Vernon on Wednesday was taken to Bartholomew County Jail on two preliminary counts of theft.

Police say Feaster stole at least 25 LeapFrog LeapPad1 Explorers, hand-held educational game systems intended for ages 3 to 9, Wednesday before being arrested in North Vernon.

Columbus Police Department officers responded to two reports from local stores that a man had run off with the game systems, valued at $79.99 each. The thief nearly struck a store employee with his car while fleeing, according to CPD reports.

Witnesses got a description of the getaway car and its license plate number. Video surveillance also helped the CPD get the vehicle owner’s address.

Based on information from Columbus police, North Vernon officers waited at the Village Apartments on Brownstown Road. When Feaster arrived at the apartment complex, he was arrested by North Vernon officers. North Vernon police involved in the arrest were officers Todd Beam, Seth Beville, Chris Campbell and Justin Black.

Jennings County authorities are considering additional charges against Feaster for possession of allegedly stolen property.

Feaster was being held Friday at Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

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