Teen arrested in vape shop burglary in North Vernon


A 17-year-old male was arrested Thursday in connection with the Feb. 11 burglary and theft of merchandise and cash from a vape shop in North Vernon, police report.

The investigation began when Sgt. Craig Kipper responded to a report of a burglary at H&H vape and smoke shop in the 309 N. State St., according to a news release from Sgt. Andrew Richmond with North Vernon Police Department.

The owner reported to Kipper that about $326 in merchandise and $500 cash was missing from the store, police said.

During the investigation officers reviewed security camera footage of a suspect entering the business through the back door of the building, and that security camera was crucial in solving the case, police said.

On Thursday, Detective Ivory Sandefur along with Sgt. Kipper met with School Resource Officer Matt Staples at Jennings County High School.

The officers located a vehicle that matched the one seen in the security video. The owner was identified and the vehicle searched while on school grounds at 800 W. Walnut St., police said.

Numerous vape related items that matched some of those listed as stolen from the vape shop were located inside the car along with a realistic looking airsoft pistol. Those items were seized and the 17 year old male was arrested on a preliminary Level 5 felony chart of burglary and a Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of stolen property.

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