Burglaries in North Vernon lead to meth lab

Police said an investigation Wednesday led to the recovery of items taken in four recent business burglaries in North Vernon and the arrest of a Jennings County man.

Besides being arrested on four Class A misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, Anthony E. Herr, 33, of North Vernon, also faces a Level 5 felony charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

That charge stems from the discovery of an active methamphetamine lab found in a storage shed in the 3100 block of Langston Way in North Vernon, according to a news release from the North Vernon Police Department.

Herr was arrested at that address after police obtained a search warrant, according to Sgt. Andrew Richmond.

Richmond said officers served the warrant around noon and discovered a large amount of stolen hand and power tools with an estimated value of several thousands dollars and some wire.

He said investigators believe the tools and wire come from four recent burglaries of businesses.

Herr was taken to the Jennings County Jail and was being held without bond Thursday.

Richmond said detectives Ivory Sandefur and Brandy Blevins were assisted in their investigation by the North Vernon Emergency Response Team and officers with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department.