Teens accused in cigarette theft

Four teenagers were arrested Wednesday in connection with a break-in and the theft of about $1,000 in cigarettes overnight at one of Medora’s few retail businesses.

The four, including Jordan Cockerham, 19, were arrested after being caught on video by a surveillance camera and interviews conducted by Detective Lt. Darin Downs with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The other three arrested in connection with the incident reported at the Medora Kwik Stop were 17-year-old and 14-year-old boys and a 16-year-old girl.

Downs said the incident began when someone threw a rock through the window of the convenience store at 166 S. Perry St.

“They ran and hid and waited to see if the police showed up,” Downs said.

When police did not show up that time, those involved went home, changed clothes and came back wearing masks and took an estimated $1,000 in cigarettes and three 2-liter bottles of soda from the store, he said. The stolen items were recovered and returned to the business.

Cockerham and the 17-year-old each face charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief. The other two face theft charges.

Cockerham was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday and was being held without bond Thursday. The juveniles were booked into the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center.

Officer Jesse Hutchinson was the first officer to respond to the report of the burglary about 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from Sheriff Michael Carothers. Medora Marshal Steve Ingle and county detectives Tom Barker and Ben Rudolph assisted with the investigation.