Police: Arrests lead to items taken in burglary

The arrest of two people Sunday might have helped solve a burglary that occurred in April in the western part of Jackson County.

James T. Beavers, 45, of Vallonia, and Shannon B. Barton, 31, of Columbus, both face Level 6 felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and Class A misdemeanor charges of possession of paraphernalia after their arrests in Vallonia by county officers Jeff Walters and Rob Henley.

Each also faces a Level 6 felony possession of stolen property related to the burglary, according to a news release from Detective Bob Lucas with the sheriff’s department.

The pair were arrested Sunday as the two officers were following up on a call about trespassing and found a car believed to have been involved in an incident at a residence on South Main Street, police said. Beavers and Barton were in the vehicle at the time it was located.

During the investigation, police reported finding methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and items related to a theft and break-in of a home in April in the western part of the county, Lucas said. The burglary was investigated by Lt. Darin Downs and county Officer Rick Meyer.

Beavers also is being involved in a firearm theft investigation in Bartholomew County, Lucas said.

Beavers was being held Thursday on $2,005 bond after his initial hearing on Wednesday in Jackson Circuit Court while Barton was being held on $1,005 bond after her initial hearing.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.