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Indiana State Police arrested a Terre Haute man after a months-long investigation.

Derek Cerny, age 43, of Terre Haute, Indiana, has been charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance.  Cerny was issued a summons to appear in Parke County Circuit Court.

ISP initiated a criminal investigation on April 4, 2020, after receiving information from the Parke County Sheriff’s Department that a Terre Haute man had committed theft of a schedule II controlled substance (hydrocodone).

The investigation, conducted by Sergeant Samuel Stearley of the Putnamville Post, revealed that a male subject had allegedly stolen five painkiller tablets from a Rockville resident who was recovering from back surgery.      

At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was presented to the Parke County Prosecutor’s Office for review. 

The Parke County Prosecutor’s Office made the determination, after reviewing the investigation, that charges would be filed in this case.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.