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One of two Kentucky residents arrested near Tipton Lakes was rearrested in downtown Columbus on burglary charges only an hour after being released from jail, police said.

A woman who lives on Persimmon Court, west of Wood Lake, called 911 late Friday morning to report a stranger had been in her backyard, Columbus Police Department spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris said.

The woman described the suspect and a car she saw him get into, Harris said.

With the assistance of county deputies, a vehicle matching the description was stopped soon after at 11:38 a.m. Friday near County Road 200S and County Road 400W, about 2 miles west of where the witness reported the man in the backyard, Harris said.

As officers talked with the driver, identified as Brian K. Jones, 32, of Corbin, Kentucky, he appeared to be extremely nervous, which prompted the officers to search the car, Harris said.

A computer check showed the vehicle contained items that had been reported stolen in Washington County, and both Jones and his passenger, Christy J. Vanderpool, 33, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, were arrested on charges of possession of stolen property, Harris said.

While both suspects spent Friday night in the Bartholomew County Jail, Jones was released at 1:30 p.m. Saturday after posting a $755 cash bond, jail officials said.

But a little more than an hour later, police learned that the former Sears Auto Center, near Third and Lindsey streets, had just been broken into, Harris said.

Witnesses who were interviewed outside the nearby Hotel Indigo gave a description that matched Jones as the man they saw breaking the glass of the former business, Harris said.

The Kentucky man was located a short time later near the Cole Apartments at Second and Jackson streets and taken into custody again — this time on a charge of burglary, Harris said.

Jones was being held without bond Monday, as investigators attempt to gather more information about the crimes in Washington County, as well as to attempt to track down other stolen property, Harris said.

Vanderpol, who was being sought on a charge of receiving stolen property out of Hardin County, Kentucky, also is being held without bond, jail officials said.

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