NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Detectives in Floyd County have tied car break-ins to a drug skyrocketing in popularity. Two guys arrested Monday, police say, fessed up to stealing the stuff and then trading it for heroin.
Detectives are taking inventory of their latest haul.
"There's cell phones, two laptops, three pistols, multiple debit cards, purses wallets," said Major Jeff Topping.
All of it is the handy work, he says of Joseph Urbano, 25, and Charles Barbour, 22, both of New Albany.
Topping arrested the pair Monday after he says surveillance cameras at a Wal-Mart caught them using a debit card stolen in a car break-in early Saturday morning. Unfortunately, they didn't find all of the stash they think the two stole.
"The guns, of course, they traded for heroin, to some heroin dealers, and we have those names so we should be able to try to track those down," said Topping.
WAVE 3 has reported on the surge in heroin use over the past year. Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills said he's seeing it too.
"It seems like almost all of our thefts and property crimes have been tied to heroin some way," Mills said.
Detectives think Urbano and Barbour worked in a three county area: Harrison, Washington and Floyd. They say the crime spree could include more than the 16 break-ins with which the pair is charged.
"We received some information prior to you all arriving here and located a little bit more items," said Mills.
Topping said the pair has been at work over the last two and a half weeks but many of the crimes in other counties were not even reported until after Urbano and Barbour were arrested. Most of the cars were not locked.
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