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Three adults and a juvenile were arrested Friday morning in Syracuse, accused of stealing from a vehicle in North Webster.

Kosciusko County sheriff's deputies were called shortly after 4 a.m. to a home in the 8100 block of East Backwater Road in North Webster about someone breaking into a man's vehicle.

As deputies were on their way, the victim told police he noticed four males walking along Indian 13 north of town. A short time later, Syracuse police officer Ben Hochstetler located them near the intersection of Huntington Street and Medusa Street on the south side of Syracuse.

Kosciusko Deputy Sheriff Brandon Hepler found a bag on one of the subjects that contained items that had been described by the victim as stolen. All four denied any knowledge about the items and the theft, the sheriff's department said in a written statement.

The adults were preliminarily charged with theft:

  • Brandan Parker Lajoice, 18, North Webster.
  • Brice Islas, 18, of North Webster.
  • Jacob Bonds Honea, 18, of Leesburg.
Bond for each was set at $2,000 by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office.

The juvenile was released to his parents.