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Off-duty Indiana Conservation Officer tracks down burglary suspect, recovers property

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Marengo man was arrested Thursday after a woman's home near Leavenworth was burglarized. 

According to a news release, an off-duty conservation officer received a phone call from a distraught woman who returned home from vacation to find her home had been broken into. She told the officer the thief got into her safe and stole heirloom jewelry and other items. 

After an initial investigation and tips from the community, the officer went to the residence of 27-year-old James Raines in Marengo. During questioning police say Raines admitted burglarizing the home but said he had sold the jewelry. 

When police searched Raines’ home, they found crystal methamphetamine and fireworks. Due to his strong community ties, police say the officer was able to track down where the jewelry had been sold, and within hours, had located the stolen property and returned it to the homeowner.

The incident remains under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers. 

Raines is charged with burglary, theft and possession of meth. 

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