Seymour man arrested in theft of building supplies

A local man has been arrested in connection with the theft of appliances and building materials from an apartment complex being developed on the east side of Seymour.

Matthew Darren Thompson, 34, Seymour, faces charges of burglary and theft in connection with an investigation that began Oct. 26, Seymour Police Department Detective C.J. Foster said.

Police arrested Thompson on Thursday, and his initial hearing was conducted Monday in Jackson Circuit Court. Judge Richard W. Poynter set a jury trial for Thompson at 8:30 a.m. March 22.

Foster said the investigation that led to Thompson’s arrest began when Seymour police received information Oct. 26 that someone had stolen appliances from the Burkart Crossing Apartments on the city’s northeast side.

In the past, Thompson had worked for an electrical contractor at the apartment complex, Foster said.

After conducting some interviews Oct. 27, Foster said police obtained a warrant to search a house Thompson shared with a woman in the 700 block of South Vine Street.

During a search of that home, Foster said police found a GE stove, washer, dryer and dishwasher with serial numbers that matched the items taken from the apartment complex.

Police also found pieces of trim, 5-gallon buckets of paint, cases of caulk and other items used to finish out living space, such as register covers, Foster said.

He said police aren’t sure if all of the items were taken from one apartment unit or several.

An employee of Sheehan Construction of Indianapolis told police a microwave, two dishwashers and door hardware are still missing.

The paint found in Thompson’s residence belongs to J&G Painting of Bargersville, Foster said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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