By Michael D. Pitman, Staff Writer
August 2, 2012
MIDDLETOWN – Middletown police have arrested a 50-year-old man with a dozen misdemeanor and felony charges, including allegedly providing heroin to two teenage girls who served as "lookouts."
Jesse Larison, of Moore Street, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on charges that included burglary, two counts of breaking and entering, and six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
He was issued a $94,000 bond: $3,000 for each of the eight misdemeanor charges, $10,000 for the two fifth-degree felony charges and $25,000 for the two second-degree felony charges.
Middletown police Lt. Scott Reeve said Larison stole items from four residential areas and used the two girls, ages 14 and 15, as "lookouts." In exchange, the girls told police they were provided heroin. The 14-year-old girl told police Larison allegedly gave her heroin on at least five different occasions.
The juveniles also face charges. The 15-year-old faces a felony breaking and entering charge and the 14-year-old faces a receiving stolen property charge. They are in the juvenile detention center, Reeve said.
Larison was arrested Tuesday afternoon at Gold Rush, a swap shop at 1959 Central Ave., when he attempted to sell items reported as stolen. Reeve said the police had become aware of Larison through LeadsOnline, a computer database that tracks the sale of items at second-hand stores and pawn shops.
During the course of the investigation, police also learned Larison had allegedly sold stolen items to D&D; Swap Shop, 1515 Central Ave.
Reeve said Larison broke into garages on Highland Street, Hampton Place and Franklin Street. He allegedly stole two gas-powered weed eaters, two pressure washers and several tools. He also allegedly stole several bicycles on Woodlawn Avenue, Reeve said.
This is not the first time Larison has been arrested.
Larison was just found guilty on a petty theft charge in Middletown Municipal Court on July 25. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but 29 days were suspended. He had served one day in jail. He was also found guilty of disorderly conduct in May for a January offense and found guilty for not having an operators license.
Larison's case Wednesday was continued till 9 a.m. Friday in Middletown Municipal Court.