Two from Bedford have been arrested in connection with a string of break-ins after they were found to be selling stolen items on Facebook.
Arrested and Charged were Michael Norman, 25, 198 Art Gallery Road, Bedford, IN. He was charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Level 6 Felony. Also arrested was Kasie New, 25, 1514 F Street, Bedford, IN. She was charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Level 6 Felony.
The Orleans Police Department had been investigating a string of car break-ins in the area, when yesterday, a victim contacted Officer Alex Fugate to inform him that a number of their stolen items were listed on a Facebook page named “Bedford Better Online Yardsale”.
Officer Fugate contacted State Police Detective David Henderson to ask for his assistance with the case.
Detective Henderson reached out to the seller of the stolen items to arrange a meet, staging the purchase of the items. This afternoon around 1:15 P.M., Detective Henderson met with Michael Norman, 25, Bedford, in the parking lot of Burger King in Bedford. Norman had one of the stolen items and attempted to sell it to Detective Henderson. After checking and verifying that the item was in fact stolen, Norman was placed into custody.
Officers later arrived at 1514 F Street, Bedford, the home of Kasie New, 25, Bedford. New was the person responsible for setting up the sale of the stolen items on Facebook. After speaking with New, officers recovered, in total, 25 stolen items.
Norman and New were both lodged, without incident, in the Lawrence County Jail.
Detective Henderson was assisted by the Bedford and Lawrence County Police Departments.