Police recover over two dozen bags of ice stolen from Vinton County dollar store

WELLSTON, Ohio (WCMH) — Two law enforcement agencies in southern Ohio teamed up after 27 bags of ice were reported stolen Sunday from a Family Dollar.

According to the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were contacted by Wellston police to assist on a report that multiple bags of ice had been stolen from the Family Dollar in Wilkesville.

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A pickup truck with the ice was spotted at a gas station in Wellston, 13 miles from the store. Police and deputies went to the gas station, where two people were detained and later arrested.

Justin Hopkins, 33, of The Plains, and Vicki Bauer, 44, of Athens, were charged with theft and taken to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

The store was in Vinton County, where Wilkesville is, but the arrest took place in neighboring Jackson County, where Wellston is.

The 27 bags of ice were returned to the Family Dollar.

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