Police net stolen goods; more charges possible

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By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY – Laptop computers, kitchen appliances, DVDs and even a stuffed toy dog, all allegedly stolen from Wal-Mart stores in three cities, were seized Tuesday night by Tell City police officers.

"Someone could get a good start furnishing a small apartment with what we found tonight," Patrolman Roger Smith said while showing off items that included a Sony laptop computer, coffee maker, mixer and a collection of several DVDs.

The local investigation began earlier Tuesday when Owensboro, Ky., police officers arrested Amy Dixon, 36, of Tell City on theft charges at the Wal-Mart in that city.

Police in Tell City were alerted that other items allegedly taken from stores in Tell City, Owensboro and Evansville were located in a home at 733 15th St.

Smith said officers found the merchandise inside and were investigating whether other stolen items were located elsewhere.

The alleged thefts took place over the past month or so, Smith said.

Also facing charges are Dixon's son, Samuel B. Baker, 19, of Tell City, and Larissa N. Brucken, 18, of Cannelton.

All three faces charges of theft and possessing stolen property.

Three juveniles were also questioned Tuesday night.

Dixon and Baker were arrested in a similar case last January after police discovered merchandise valued at more than $10,000 inside the same 15th Street home.

Police said those items, including televisions, were taken from the Tell City Wal-Mart.

Dixon and Baker were barred from all Wal-Mart stores, Smith said, and could face criminal trespassing charges. The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call the Tell City Police Department at 547-7068.