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Independence County teenagers found with stolen jewelry, coins and firearm after traffic stop

A traffic stop Saturday night in Batesville didn’t turn out too well for two teenagers.

The teens, a male and female, were found by Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Ernie Gillihan on Jan. 12 in a vehicle that was stopped with its lights out in the intersection of Huddleston and Earls in Batesville.  

After approaching the passenger side, the female passenger gave officer Gillihan a fictitious name, according to the report. An investigation then ensued with the female, 17, eventually attempting to avoid custody by running from the scene. She was captured after being tased, but coming out of the taser’s effects, she again tried to escape, but failed. This time she was handcuffed and placed into the police car.

During a check of the vehicle, a handgun was found under the passenger front seat with 13 live rounds in the magazine. Officers also found several pieces of jewelry and a gold watch with diamonds. Once the handgun was found and determined to be stolen by dispatch out of Texas, the driver of the vehicle, the 18-year-old male, was taken into custody and placed in the Independence County Jail, according to the report. 

The mother of the 17-year-old was brought to the scene, where she identified several of the jewelry items as belonging to her. The 17-year-old female was then taken to the Independence County Juvenile Detention Center.

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