Arrest made in break-ins at Spencer County High School parking lot

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By Mallory Bilger

An alleged repeat burglary offender was arrested by Taylorsville Police Friday for breaking into vehicles parked at Spencer County High School.
Brandon Sparks, 19, of Taylorsville, was arrested by Lt. Rick Jewell after police received tips that items were missing from student vehicles.

Police Chief Toby Lewis said his office first received a theft report Feb. 15, stating an item had been removed from a student’s vehicle. On Feb. 18, Lewis said several SCHS staff and students witnessed a person, who was not a student, in the parking lot near vehicles. A SCHS staff member recorded the perpetrator’s license plate number as he left the parking lot, which led to Sparks’ arrest.

Sparks — who was arrested in January for allegedly breaking into the high school — was found by police inside a vehicle parked at the high school that did not belong to him, Lewis said. Sparks was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking from an automobile, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lewis said Sparks was charged with drug possession because a bottle of prescription-strength cough medicine, which did not belong to him, was found when he was arrested.

Police also executed a search warrant on Sparks’ vehicle, where they found an Ipod that had been reported missing.

Lewis said since January, Sparks has been arrested for breaking and entering at the high school, as well as burglarizing a vehicle in the Elk Creek Road area.

Sparks is being held at the Shelby County Detention Center. His bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000.