Local Man Charged In Connection With Hardy Lake Beach Theft

A Crothersville and Little York men were charged by Indiana State Police with breaking into a vehicle at the Hardy Lake Beach and stealing a wallet last Tuesday, July 10.

According to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin, troopers were called to the Hardy Lake Beach area where a theft had been reported. When troopers arrived the victims told police someone had entered their unlocked car and stole a wallet and other personal items. Witnesses in the area were able to describe an automobile and two alleged thieves.

Police were able to match the description of the alleged thieves as James Stephan Tharp, 22, of Crothersville and Eric L. Couch, 23, from Austin.

State Police located the pair at Eric Couch’s residence on York Road in Austin around 10 p.m. July 10. After speaking with both men troopers placed them both under arrest for theft. Police were able to recover most of the stolen property, Goodin said.

Tharp and Couch were incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.