Man arrested as a result of utility theft investigation

An investigation into the theft of electricity at an apartment complex on Seymour’s east side led to the arrest of a man jailed over the weekend in a separate investigation, police report.

James F. Stafford, 56, of Seymour was arrested on the Class A misdemeanor charge of theft Tuesday by police investigating a report that someone had run an extension cord from Stafford’s apartment to a common hallway outlet at Sycamore Springs on U.S. 31 just south of Seymour, according to a report from Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Officer Scott Davis.

Davis said the investigation showed Stafford’s electricity had been shut off and that the management of the apartment complex pays for the electricity supplied to the outlet in the hallway.

He said the common areas and hallways of the building are open to the public, making the location of the extension cord accessible to anyone who came or went from the apartment building, including children who frequent it.

Stafford already was being housed at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on charges of neglect of a dependent (Level 6 felony) and maintaining a common nuisance (Class B misdemeanor) in connection with a separate investigation.