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Shoplifting investigation leads to narcotics arrest

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NORTH VERNON — A shoplifting investigation led to the arrest of a woman on drug charges, and police are searching for a second person whose identity they know but have not released.

A loss prevention officer at the North Vernon Walmart reported to police about 7 p.m. Friday that someone who stole merchandise ran from the store and into a wooded area, said Sgt. Andrew Richmond of the North Vernon Police Department.

Police could not immediately find that person. However, they found in the Walmart parking lot the car the loss prevention officer said the person drove to the store. Police called the owner, who gave them permission to search the car. With the help of a police dog, police found a marijuana roach and a small amount of methamphetamine, Richmond said.

Maria I. Thompson, 32, of North Vernon, was arrested on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, a Class D felony.

Police said the unidentified suspect would face arrest charges of theft, auto theft and possession of marijuana when that person is found.

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