Stolen license plate leads to narcotics/stolen vehicle arrest

Photo provided Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies confiscated methamphetamine after a traffic stop on July 4.

COLUMBUS, Ind. — An investigation about a call notifying Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies about a vehicle displaying a stolen license plate led to the arrest of an Austin man on several charges.

At 11:43 p.m. on July 4, police dispatchers were notified about a vehicle with a stolen license plate traveling northbound on South U.S. 31. Sheriff Deputy Kevin Hatchett located the vehicle matching the description as it entered Columbus.

Hatchett conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of State Street and North Beatty Street, said Sgt. Dane Duke, sheriff department spokesman. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Dylan Roberts, 25, of Austin. The license plate attached to the vehicle was confirmed stolen out of Louisville, Kentucky.


As the investigation continued it was discovered that the vehicle, a 2011 Ford Focus, was found to be stolen from Scottsburg. Roberts was placed under arrest after which he was found to be in possession of approximately 19 grams of methamphetamine was located on Roberts’ person.

Roberts was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the charges of auto theft, possession of a stolen registration and possession of methamphetamine. Roberts continues to be held in custody at the jail on a 72 hour hold, Duke said.