(Aurora, Ind.) - Three men are accused of breaking into several vehicles in Aurora, taking items ranging from car batteries, tools, stereos, and even a cake.
Aurora Police received a number of theft reports following the night of March 31 and morning of April 1, according to a court affidavit. In all, eight vehicles in Aurora’s downtown area were broken into on Harriet, Cottage, Broadway, Moore, Washington, Hanover, and Exporting streets. Police said each of the vehicles that were allegedly hit by the thieves had been left unlocked.
E-Town Recycling in Elizabethtown, Ohio tipped Aurora Police off the afternoon of April 1 after the stolen batteries were turned in there as scrap. Police used information from the business to identify the suspects: Joshua Deckard, Justin Deckard, and Jonathan Orcutt.
Justin allegedly admitted to helping Jonathan with some of the thefts in the Hanover Street area.
“He stated he and Jonathan ate the cake from the green car on Hanover and also took the battery out of the car in the lot of Harborview Apartments. He stated Jonathan took a tool bag out of a red truck and put it behind the semi truck,” officers wrote in the affidavit.
Investigators would later find some of the stolen items in the basement of the Fourth Street home where the Deckards were staying.
Both Deckards, of Dillsboro, and Orcutt, of Rising Sun, each face charges of Theft (Class D felony) and Conspiracy to Commit Theft (Class D felony).
Joshua and Justin Deckard are each held in jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center. A warrant has been issued for Orcutt’s arrest.