DNA links man to 3-year-old theft case

A man linked to a three-year-old theft case through DNA has been arrested.

Case Terrance Meadors, 27, of Seymour was arrested Saturday and faces charges of theft and criminal mischief in connection with the June 25, 2012, theft of a purse from a vehicle, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The purse was taken when someone broke the window of a vehicle parked in the 7000 block of East County Road 725N in Seymour. An Indianapolis woman told police she parked the vehicle along the road while taking a walk to the East Fork White River.

The woman told county Officer Rick Meyer that she returned to the vehicle after a short time and found a window broken and her purse missing.

Police collected evidence and blood samples at the scene, and those samples were sent to an Indiana State Police lab. Earlier this year, the lab found a match on one of the samples, which led to a Jackson Circuit Court warrant being issued for Meadors’ arrest.

Meadors is being held on a $1,000 bond on the theft charge, a Class D felony, pending his initial hearing. The criminal mischief charge is a Class B misdemeanor.

On Monday, Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter set Meadors’ pretrial conference for 8:30 a.m. July 27. A trial date was not set at that time.

Additional DNA testing will be conducted to confirm the initial test results, Meyer said.

County Detective Bob Lucas performed the initial DNA testing on the evidence collected at the scene, while county Detective Tom Barker conducted the test to confirm the initial results, Meyer said.

Meadors has several convictions for theft, according to court documents. On Jan. 13, he received a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a theft charge. All but four days of that sentence was suspended. On Nov. 5, 2013, he received a 180-day sentence after pleading guilty to conversion.

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