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2nd arrest made in burglary at officer’s home

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A second man has been arrested after a car and guns were stolen from the home of a sheriff’s office commander.

Joseph N. Kern, 25, Indianapolis, was arrested on charges of burglary and automobile theft after police said he went to the home of Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy Werden and stole a car from his garage, according to a police report.

One of Werden’s neighbors heard a noise and spotted two men in the garage Tuesday afternoon and got the license plate number of their car, the report said. The neighbor told police one of the men drove away in Werden’s Ford Fairlane, and the other man drove off in the car they came in.

Police arrested Brian Lakes, also of Indianapolis, during a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon and found Werden’s guns in the trunk of the vehicle. Based on information from Lakes, officers found Kern in Mooresville, according to the police report.

Kern told police he and Lakes had gone to Werden’s house, and when he saw the Ford Fairlane with the keys in it, he couldn’t resist taking the car. Kern took officers to the car in Mooresville and apologized for taking it, the report said.

Kern, 2704 Palo Verde Court, was being held at the Johnson County jail on $23,000 bond.

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