Theft investigation leads to discovery of pound of methamphetamine

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – An investigation into a stolen softball backpack led to the discovery of a pound of methamphetamine.

Levi B. Tackett, 30, of Plainfield, was charged with possession of stolen property and multiple drug offenses following the investigation.

The incident began Sunday when an Indiana State Police trooper was dispatched to a residence in Sullivan, Ind. for a report of a softball backpack, containing two bats and softball equipment, that had been stolen out of a van located in front of the house.  

The victim told police he had verbally confronted a suspect, later identified as Tackett, he saw walking past his house carrying the backpack. According to the victim, the suspect stated he did not have time to stop because he was on his way to Harris Street to rent an apartment.

The trooper located Tackett sitting in front of an apartment on Harris Street, but Tackett took the backpack and went inside the apartment, locking the door behind him. After attempts to get Tackett to answer the door failed, the trooper gained access to the apartment with permission of the landlord.

Once inside the apartment, the trooper found Tackett in a bedroom closet emptying out the backpack. According to the trooper, Tackett said he planned to return the backpack to its owners after he emptied out his belongings. 

A search of the backpack and closet uncovered drugs and paraphernalia, including a pound of methamphetamine. 

Tackett was arrested and transported to the Sullivan County Jail.

ISP troopers returned the two stolen softball bats to the family and presented them with a $150 gift card for Academy Sports.  The gift card was provided by a local charity organization called Casey’s Kicks, and was donated to help purchase some new softball equipment, replacing what was unable to be recovered.  

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