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Crime

April 16, 2013

3 Berea men charged with felonies in connection with tree thefts

Evidence smells like roses

MADISON COUNTY — Three men received serious charges last week after police say they were found in possession of stolen potted rose trees.

Claude Cope, 48; Thomas Carpenter, 33; and Nicholas Gadd, 23, were charged with receiving stolen property (under $10,000).

A Berea police officer conducted a traffic stop Thursday on Chestnut Street, according to the report. When he approached the vehicle, he noticed several potted rose trees.

After the officer determined the plants may have been stolen from The Potting Shed, he arrested the three men.

Cope also received several traffic offense charges.

Four adults, two juveniles arrested in handgun theft

Berea police investigating a theft case arrested four adults and two juveniles last week in connection with a stolen handgun and other items.

Angela Hurst, 39; Rodney Horn, 24; and Cameron Frye, 19, were charged with receiving stolen property (firearm). They are from Berea.

Hurt and Horn also were charged with receiving stolen property (under $10,000), and Horn and Frye were charged with second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and unlawfully permitting a minor to possess a handgun.

Horn received a fourth charge of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

On Aug. 10, police found several stolen items in an apartment in the 100 block of Morningview Drive, according to the BPD report.

Horn told police that he had stolen the items from a vehicle, and he also said at one point he had a handgun that he had gotten from two juveniles, the report stated. He told the officers the juveniles said they stole the gun from a vehicle.

Horn said he later sold the stolen handgun to a juvenile.

The next day, officers arrested 25-year-old Michael Whitt of Berea and charged him with second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and unlawfully permitting a minor to possess a handgun.

Police say Whitt was with the juvenile when he bought the stolen handgun from Horn.

Two juveniles also were arrested in this case, according to the BPD.

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