Police: Indiana couple targeted homes, traded stolen guns for heroin

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Lauren Hill (left) and David Kelly (right)

WINCHESTER, Ind. (Nov. 12, 2015) – A Winchester couple pulled off a series of home burglaries in Randolph County, trading stolen guns for heroin, investigators say.

David Kelly, 26, and his girlfriend, Lauren Hill, 28, face multiple charges in connection with the case.

The investigation started around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, when 911 dispatchers in Randolph County received a call about a burglary in the 8700 block of West 700 South. The caller found a blue Buick sitting in the driveway; the driver said the car had brake problems before leaving the area. The homeowner suspected the woman was behind the wheel of a getaway car.

About 30 minutes later, Farmland Marshal Melvin Nott saw a shirtless man walking on County Road 900 West about a mile away from the scene of the suspected burglary. The marshal detained the man, later identified as Kelly. Investigators later found and detained Hill, who police described as Kelly’s girlfriend. She also matched the description of the driver reported by the caller.

Both were taken to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department for questioning. According to police, the pair admitted they were trying burglarize the home and confessed to committing a burglary the day before in which three guns and money were stolen. They exchanged the guns for heroin in Dayton, Ohio, police said.

Kelly faces four counts of burglary, three counts of theft and a count of attempted theft. Hill faces five counts of burglary, four counts of theft and a count of attempted theft.

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