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Charges filed in string of break-ins

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Jailed in Spencer County, suspects face counts here, too

By Vince Luecke

SPENCER COUNTY - Two men charged in a string of Spencer County burglaries will likely face charges here, Spencer County's prosecutor said this month.

Kelvin Brown Jr., 18, of Troy and William Cody Hoosier, 19, of Lamar were lodged in the Spencer County Jail after their arrest. Brown faces five counts each of residential burglary and theft, two counts each of nonresidential burglary and theft and three additional counts of theft and one count of receiving stolen property.

Hoosier has been charged with five counts of residential burglary and theft, two counts of nonresidential burglary and theft and four additional counts of theft.

Break-ins were reported in several communities, including St. Meinrad, New Boston and Huffman areas. Police said the men would approach homes where they thought no one was at home.

They would knock on the front door and if no one answered, they would gain entry. If someone did answer the door, the men would allegedly claim to be looking for an address and seek directions.

Police said cash and electronics and other items were taken from homes and vehicles.

The Spencer County Sheriff's Department solved the burglaries after receiving information from a local resident who confronted one of the suspects last November.

A third man, Gary L. Hires, 23, of Grandview, is also charged in some of the break-ins. He has been charged with two counts of residential burglary and theft and one count of receiving stolen property.

Spencer County Prosecutor Dan Wilkinson said Brown and Hoosier face similar charges for a string of burglaries in Perry and Dubois counties. Local break-ins were reported in the Bristow and St. Marks area.