Search for stolen vehicle leads to two arrests


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The search for a vehicle led to the arrests of two people Monday in Jennings County, police report.

Jerade Bonds, 32, of Lawrenceburg faces preliminary Level 6 felony charges of auto theft and possession of methamphetamine, while Mikayla B. Cameron, 26, of North Vernon faces preliminary Level 6 felony charges of auto theft, neglect of a dependent and possession of marijuana, according to a news release from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident that led to the arrest of the two began Monday evening when the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department received a report from the Aurora Police Department in Dearborn County about a stolen blue 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee that may be in Jennings County.

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At approximately 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sgt. Cody Low located a vehicle matching that description near Country Manor and Walnut Grove Lane in Country Squire Lakes northwest of North Vernon.

Low reported as he turned around to get behind the Jeep, the driver pulled into a driveway at a nearby residence.

As Low pulled behind the vehicle to confirm it was the stolen Jeep, a man left the vehicle and walked to the front door of the residence and started knocking.

After the Jeep was confirmed to be stolen, Low said he gave verbal commands to the man, who refused to comply.

Low said he then told the man he needed to comply or Low was going to release his canine. The man then complied and was taken into custody without further incident.

Further investigation led officers to find methamphetamine and marijuana inside the vehicle, police said.

Bonds, who also was on parole, was booked into the Jennings County Jail in North Vernon and is being held on a $56,255 bond. Cameron was being held on a $1,055 bond.

During the investigation, police learned Cameron had left her three children with a family member who was unable to provide necessary care for the children, leading to the neglect of a dependent charge.

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