Seymour man gets prison sentence

A Jackson County man recently was sentenced to 26 years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary charges in two separate cases reported in March of 2014.

Richard Croslin, 49, of Seymour received those sentences from Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter, who did not suspend either sentence and ordered them to be served consecutively.

Poynter ordered Croslin to serve seven years in connection with the first case that stems from an investigation into the theft of a cellphone, two coats, an iPod Shuffle, a pair of tennis shoes and other items on March 8, 2014, from lockers at Schneck Medical Center.

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The second case involved a man, later determined to be Croslin, caught inside an apartment by a woman. That woman told police money and other items were missing from her apartment that Croslin had battered her.

In the incident at the hospital, Croslin and his girlfriend, Christina L. Alcorn were arrested in connection with thefts from a nurse’s break room area at the hospital, according to court records. Croslin was a patient at the hospital and Alcorn was visiting him when the thefts occurred, police said.

Alcorn received a six-year prison sentence in April in Jackson Circuit Court after pleading guilty to a Class C felony burglary charge in connection with that case. The state agreed to dismiss eight other felony charges of theft and possession of stolen property in exchange for the guilty plea. She is presently serving her time at Rockville Correctional Facility.

At the time of the hospital thefts, Seymour Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes said the pair were seen acting suspiciously in a break room area.

Officer Chris McCoy initially investigated the thefts, and police were able to obtain surveillance video of the break room area that showed two people entering it. The video show Croslin entering the staff lounge, taking items and returning to his room. Alcorn would then take the items to her car and to the home they shared in the 300 block of Bush Street.

As part of the investigation, police obtained a search warrant for the residence 300 block of Bush Street and most of the property taken from the break room at the hospital was found there, Hayes said.

Poynter gave Croslin 372 days credit and 372 days credit time, and the state agreed to dismiss 10 additional counts as part of the agreement in the case of the thefts reported at the hospital.

The state also agreed to dismiss two counts in connection with Croslin’s guilty plea in the separate case that involved an incident on March 9, 2014, on Windhorst Court in Seymour. A woman told Cooper that she and her children had left their apartment to go next door to wash clothes, and when she returned to her apartment about five minutes later she found a man rummaging around her kitchen.

That woman said she asked the man, later identified as Croslin, what he was doing and he said he was taking her money. The man then punched her in the mouth. Some of the items the woman had reported missing that night were later found at the residence where Croslin and Alcorn lived.

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