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September 28, 2013

Police: Burglar caught in the act in Jeffersonville

Jeffersonville police prevent motor-scooters theft

JEFFERSONVILLE — A Jeffersonville man was arrested after he was found taking two motor-scooters from a home about 3:45 a.m. Thursday, police reported.

Terry Cornelison, 22, Reba Jackson Drive, was found by Jeffersonville police, who had responded to a prowler call, in front of a home on Luther Circle.

He was found with a flashlight, tools and “ ... doing something to two mo-peds parked in front of the residence,” police reported.

Cornelison was ordered at gunpoint to quit what he was doing and put his hands above his head.

After he was placed in handcuffs, Cornelison told the officers he working on the motor-scooters, and the his grandmother used to live in the home and that was the only place he could think of with light out front to do to the mechanical work. He first told police he had driven one of the scooters to the home and a friend dropped off the second, but later said both scooters had been dropped off by a friend.

Police found the home to be secure, but found a shed on the property that had a door missing.

Through their investigation, the officers determined the scooter had come from the shed, as a heavy layer of dust in the shed matched the heavy dust found on the motor scooters, the tires’ tread contained the same dried grass as the yard between the shed and the front of the home and the tire tracks coming from the shed were consistent with the scooters’ tires.

Cornelison said the mo-peds had been at his grandmother’s home in Louisville and gave police her telephone number. Police called the phone number, but it was not a working number, according to the police report.

The neighbor who made the initial complaint of a prowler was contacted by police. She said that before calling police, it appeared to her an unknown vehicle was pulling out of her own driveway. The woman looked out her bedroom window and saw a person with a tool bag in her neighbor’s driveway.

Believing her neighbor’s home was about to be burglarized, the woman called police.

Cornelison has been preliminarily charged with class C felony burglary and class A misdemeanor trespass.

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