Shelby Co. suspect solves some Owen crimes

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By Molly Haines

A recent arrest by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department helped solve approximately seven different Owen County thefts.
Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said a string of thefts took place during the last two weeks of February, all of which involved farm equipment.
Hammond said the thefts took place on 227, next to Beechwood; on Old Beechwood Road; across from Elk Lick on 607 and other places.
James A. Clark, 32, of Georgetown, allegedly stole racks, feeders, turning plows, gates, tractor weights and other equipment.
Hammond said Clark had allegedly taken the equipment to Taylor’s Recycling in Frankfort.
The Owen County Sheriff’s Department was able to get receipts on some of the equipment, but Hammond said most of the it had already been cut up, junked and sold.
“The (Shelby County Sheriff’s Department) had picked him up (in Shelby County) for burglaries he had done over there,” Hammond said. “A Shelby County deputy brought him over here and he took him to every location he stole from. We met with them and got the information and that’s how we were able to determine that the burglaries were the ones we had worked.”
Hammond said Clark was arrested during the last week of March and will be charged with six counts of theft by unlawful taking in Owen County.
Clark is currently out of jail on house arrest at his residence in Georgetown.