Three Georgia residents tied to theft here

Three Georgia residents arrested on theft charges early Wednesday near Uniontown have been tied to the theft of a cash register from a Seymour motel, police report.

Askari Greer, 27, and Tamecia James, 23, both of Atlanta, Georgia, and Jacobey Nelson, 23, of Forest Park, Georgia, face potential charges of theft and possession of stolen property in connection to the theft reported at Econo Lodge, 220 S. Commerce Drive, Seymour Police Department Detective Sgt. Greg O’Brien said.

O’Brien said the investigation shows Greer and Nelson falsely identified themselves and that Greer’s first name is actually Tyrone and Nelson’s first name is Jacari.

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The cash register taken in the incident at Econo Lodge was later found in the 6700 block of North County Road 1300E, but it was gone before a county officer could retrieve it, O’Brien said.

The three suspects in that theft were arrested by officers from several agencies at Uniontown Marathon, 11786 E. State Road 250.

They had been followed there by Seymour Officer Bernard Petro, who had requested backup, O’Brien said. That was at 6:22 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers from the Seymour and Columbus police departments and the sheriff’s departments in Jackson and Bartholomew counties showed up along with state troopers to assist with the arrests, he said.

The three were initially wanted as part of an investigation that began Tuesday night by Bartholomew County agencies after theft and attempted theft incidents were reported at hotels in Taylorsville and Columbus.

O’Brien said police now believe the three took the register from Econo Lodge in Seymour and then drove to Taylorsville and then to Columbus.

He said evidence found in the suspects’ vehicle, searched by Seymour police Wednesday, also has tied them to thefts in North Carolina and Georgia.

The three continue to be held on a 48-hour hold at the Bartholomew County Jail in Columbus.