North Vernon police recover stolen vehicle, firearm

A Jennings County man has been arrested in connection with an incident Saturday involving a vehicle reportedly taken from a business in Seymour.

Robert A. Jackson, 29, of North Vernon faces Level 6 felony charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of methampetamine, according to a news release from North Vernon Sgt. Andrew Richmond.

Jackson also faces Class A misdemeanors charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while suspended with a prior conviction within 10 years.

The investigation that led to Jackson’s arrest started at about 11 p.m. Saturday when North Vernon Officer Adam Jackson reported spotting a red 2007 Dodge Ram 150 pickup at Casey’s General Store at State Road 7 and U.S. 50 in that Jennings County city.

The truck matched the description of a vehicle taken from a Seymour business earlier in the day, Richmond said.

Officer Jackson was able to verify the license plate matching the stolen vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at an apartment complex at State Road 7 and County Road 300N.

Robert Jackson was arrested at that time, while three passengers in the vehicle were interviewed and released, Richmond said.

During a search of the vehicle, police reporting finding a 12-gauge shotgun that had been in the vehicle when it was stolen, police said. Both the truck and gun were returned to the owner. Drug paraphernalia related to the use of methamphetamine also was found in the stolen vehicle.

Officer Adam Driver assisted with the investigation and arrest of Robert Jackson, who was booked into the Jennings County Jail early Sunday morning.