Pair accused of stealing mail

A man and a woman from Commiskey accused of stealing mail from mailboxes in Columbus, Seymour and Jennings County was arrested on theft charges Wednesday, police report.

Billy Joe Ellis, 34, and Stacy Ann Lucas, 30, were arrested by police investigating a report of someone in a dark 1990s Chevrolet Caprice stopping at the mailboxes of homes south of Seymour, according to a news release from Officer Rob Henley with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Henley and three other county officers, Adam Nicholson, Bob Lucas and Ben Rudolph, went in search of the vehicle, which also had a homemade FedEx sign on the door, Henley said.

He said he found the vehicle and watched it stop at a mailbox at county roads 100S and 600E near Dudleytown. The license plate on the vehicle also had reportedly been stolen from Johnson County.

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Henley and Nicholson caught up to the vehicle and witnessed someone in it place a flier in a mailbox and pull away.

The vehicle then was stopped, and Ellis and Lucas were arrested. After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, Henley said police found mail belonging to residents.

He said police believe the two were looking for credit cards or checks in the mail. 

Ellis was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on two counts of theft and possessing/receiving/selling stolen property. He was being held without bond pending an initial hearing.

Lucas was being held without bond on one count of theft pending her initial hearing. She was booked into the jail at 7:19 p.m. Wednesday.

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Aaron Piper is a photographer and reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at apiper@tribtown.com or 812-523-7057.