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Sheriff seeks help with investigation

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By The Staff

The Trimble County Sheriff’s department is conducting an ongoing investigation into several thefts in recent months. Some of the crimes may have connections to other surrounding counties, according to Sheriff Tim Coons.

Among the items stolen have been radiators and tire rims from automobiles, electric cable and other items. Burglaries have occurred at numerous residences and some churches, Coons said.

Among those victimized in the crime spree was the Trimble County Apple Festival Committee. That organization suffered the loss of cables used to supply electricity to booths around the courthouse square during the annual September event. Valued at over $6,000, the cables were stolen from a barn where they were being stored.

“We got some intelligence through various investigative techniques” that led to the arrest of two Trimble County individuals, Coons said.

According to the sheriff it was learned that the cable had been stripped of its insulation and the copper allegedly sold to a facility in Carroll County.

Coons said Cleveland Riley, 31, and Josh Sparkman, 26, both of Bedford have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Riley was arrested on May 10, Sparkman on May 28. Both have been charged with several counts related to burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Both are lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center, Coons said.

The investigation by Coons and his department continues. Other charges may be forthcoming, he said. Coons encouraged anyone who has been the victim of theft or burglary in recent months to call his office, 502/255-7138, as it may enhance the progress of the investigation.