Stolen License Plate Leads to Multiple Felony Arrest of Man and Woman

June 25, 2018


Patricia Perkins

A stolen license plate on a truck in North Vernon leads to a multiple felony arrest of two people in Jennings County.

Gregory Loper

According to the North Vernon Police Department, on Saturday morning, July 23rd, at 6:59 AM, officers observed a green Chevrolet S10 disregard a stop sign at the intersection of Poplar Street and North Gum Street.

Sergeant Andrew Richmond stopped the truck and learned the license plate didn’t belong on it. While interviewing the driver, Gregory Loper, 47 of North Vernon, he learned the license plate on the truck had been reported stolen.

Law enforcement then took Mr. Loper and the passenger, Patricia Perkins, 20, also of North Vernon into police custody.

Evidence found by the NVPD

A subsequent search incident to the arrest located over 4 grams of methamphetamine, a syringe, a set of digital scales, several spoons and 31 tablets of clonazepam (a prescription only anxiety drug) not in a labeled prescription bottle.

Loper and Perkins were both arrested and charged with the felonies of possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia and a legend drug violation.

Loper was separately charged with possession of a stolen auto part (license plate) and Perkins for prior possession of a syringe.