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May 10, 2014

Elkhart man, woman jailed after botched burglary attempt

PALESTINE —

An Elkhart man and woman remained in the Anderson County Jail Friday after getting their car stuck behind a house they were attempting to burglarize.

According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, deputies Don Myers Sr. and Russell Wesson were dispatched to a burglary in progress call at about 9 p.m. Thursday at a residence in the 1400 block of Anderson County Road 182, south of Elkhart. Sgt. Gerald Kerr arrived later to assist.

“The individual renting the house came home and found two people inside,” Taylor said. “The subjects could not leave, though, because when they had pulled up behind the house to burglarize it, they ran over a septic tank cover and got stuck.

“They didn't run,” he added. “I guess they figured they couldn't escape so they just decided to sit tight.”

The pair, identified as James Westley Hart, 32, and Kristine Michelle Vines, 31, both of Elkhart, were arrested at the scene for burglary of a habitation. They had not been arraigned as of mid-afternoon Friday.

“Hart was on parole and both of them are 'frequent flyers,'” the sheriff said. “It is good to have another pair of burglars off our streets.”

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