Multiple incidents of theft occurred within one day, according to a press release from the Hillsboro Police Department, two of which remain under investigation.
At 2:37 a.m. on Monday, Hillsboro police responded to a call that a vehicle had been taken from a residence on East Lilly Avenue. Later, at 4:07 a.m., “the department received information that the car had been returned,” the press release states.
Jacob Cooper, 18, of Hillsboro, was arrested and transported to the Highland County Justice Center for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
According to Hillsboro Municipal Court records, on Tuesday, Cooper pleaded guilty to driving without consent, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Court records also show that Cooper had been arraigned on two counts of attempt to commit, a second-degree misdemeanor, less than a month ago.
He was released on OR bond on March 17 for those charges, and, as a part of that bond, Cooper had been prohibited from driving. A pretrial for those charges is scheduled for April 25.
For the most recent charge of driving without consent, Cooper was sentenced to 180 days in jail, 120 of which were suspended. He was also given reporting probation, which included the following conditions: no contact with the victim, a curfew from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., and obtaining counseling.
Cooper’s case is scheduled for a review hearing on Aug. 18.
Also on Monday, Hillsboro police received a call from Walmart reporting that a male subject had concealed items and then attempted to leave the store without paying for those items.
Brian Bailey, 25, of Hillsboro, was arrested and transported to the Highland County Justice Center. He was charged with theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.
According to court records, Bailey is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.
The Hillsboro Police Department also received a call on Monday from Walnut Street that someone had broken into a garage and “taken various tools.” The incident remains under investigation.
Also under investigation is a report from Murphy Oil on Harry Sauner Road that someone had driven off with gas.
Sarah Allen may be reached at 937-393-3456 or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.