RUDD | A man and woman from Rudd were arrested late Thursday for felony first-degree theft, according to law enforcement. 

Jamie Rose Nicholson, 32 and Thomas John Kerlin, 30, are accused of stealing more than $10,000 worth of items from a home on the 1000 block of Fair Meadow Drive between Sept. 3 and Sept. 5.

They were both found to be in possession of stolen property, according to court documents.

Cerro Gordo County Sherriff Kevin Pals said the items include household goods like clothing, jewelry and more.

“Basically anything you can think of in a house,” Pals said. “A little bit of everything.”

Some of the items have been recovered.

“(It is) hard to tell if it was all recovered due to some items being located in different areas,” Pals said. Deputies are continuing to go over the evidence they collected.

The department believes Nicholson and Kerlin were together when the crime was committed.

The pair was arrested by deputies in the 2200 block of 21st Street Southwest about 10:30 p.m.

“Deputies made their presence known at a residence, and Mr. Kerlin escaped the house and knowingly ran from deputies,” court documents say.

Kerlin was found hiding under a neighbor’s porch, according to the criminal complaint.

After arresting him, deputies searched Kerlin and found a marijuana pipe. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts in addition to his first-degree theft charge.

Nicholson was charged with first-degree theft.

Law enforcement says the investigation is ongoing. 

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