By Dave Pearce
A second individual has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary.
Justin Terrell, of New Harmony, was arrested this week and remains in the Posey County Jail for what police suspect was his part in crimes which recently landed his father in jail.
While following leads from an August 13 residential burglary on Romaine Road in rural New Harmony, Posey County Sheriff’s Detective Tom Latham was able develop enough information tying the suspect to a second burglary that occurred in July at a rural New Harmony residence on Penfold Road. When executing a search warrant at the home of the suspect on the afternoon of August 16, Latham discovered an active Meth Lab.
On Thursday, August 16, at approximately 3:34 p.m., Latham, along with other law enforcement officers entered the home of Randy Lee Terrell, at 1019 East North Street, in New Harmony, under the authority of a search warrant issued by a Posey County Judge. During the search of the residence items from the two burglaries were recovered including a window air conditioning unit which was installed and operating in a window of the residence. Multiple items of jewelry were recovered; along with a large wooden jewelry box that had been hidden under wooden panels of the floor. While searching the residence an active Meth Lab was also discovered, necessitating the response of the Posey County Narcotics Unit for proper dismantlement.
Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth said he believes the pair of arrests could solve as many as four or five home burglary cases. Over 150 pieces of jewelry along with multiple other items were found in the home.
Randy Lee Terrell was transported from the residence by Posey County Sheriff’s Deputies, to the Posey County Jail where he was lodged. Terrell faces charges of burglary, theft, and the manufacture of methamphetamine. Charging information has been forwarded to the office of the Posey County Prosecutor.
Assisting Latham in the investigation were New Harmony Town Marshal Scott Champlin and Ken Rose with the Posey County Narcotics Unit.