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A Shelbyville man is charged with breaking into cars on a car lot in Shelbyville, law enforcement officials say.
Scott A. Gribbins, 32, of 706 Village Lane is charged with theft from auto, second-degree criminal mischief, theft of parts from auto and second-degree criminal trespass.
Shelbyville Police arrested Gribbins on Tuesday just before daylight at the Shell station on Taylorsville Road.
The police report said officers saw Gribbins acting suspiciously behind the station, and when they confronted him, they found a new catalytic converter and a box of tools in the seat of his Jeep.
They also found two car stereos, a speaker box and two sub-woofers in the bushes and noticed a fresh trail leading behind the nearby businesses to the lot of the Bob Hook GMC dealership next door.
They discovered several vehicles on the lot had been vandalized and their radios removed.
The report stated that Gribbins admitted to officers that he had been on the car lot but denied removing any items from cars. He had just found them there in the bushes, he told officers.
Shelby County Sheriff’s detective Jason Rice said that some similar thefts had occurred this past weekend from two other car lots in the county, which had been broken into and parts were taken from cars there.
“We are looking into the possibility that they could be connected, but we have not yet made an arrest in the case,” he said.
In those break-ins, four catalytic converters were taken from cars at Autowise on Boone Station Road and one converter was taken from a car at O’Brien Ford Mercury of Shelbyville on Mount Eden Road, Rice said.
Maj. D. Goodwin with the Shelbyville Police Department said that stealing things items from cars and stealing car parts calls for different charges.
Gribbins is lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center under a $15,000 cash bond.