Sheriff’s department makes arrest in burglary investigation

An arrest has been made in connection with the burglary and theft of more than $10,000 in items from a home Feb. 15 in the eastern part of Jackson County.

Christopher Mark Lawrence, 33, of Seymour faces a Level 4 charge of burglary and a Level 6 charge of theft in connection with a break-in reported by a neighbor of a residence in the 8500 block of South County Road 950E, according to a news release from Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Officer Adam Nicholson.

Lawrence’s trial is set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 7 in Jackson Circuit Court.

The investigation into Lawrence’s arrest began with a call from the neighbor who told 911 dispatchers with the county that he had tried confronting two men after they got into a tan-colored Ford Expedition parked in the driveway of his neighbor, Nicholson said.

The two men drove away, heading north on County Road 950W.

Crothersville Police Department Capt. J.L. McElfresh attempted to locate the Ford Expedition without success.

He and Nicholson both went to the home that had been burglarized to talk with the homeowner, who gave police an itemized list of items missing from the home.

The Ford Expedition was found by county Officer Rick Meyer in a parking lot next to a motel on the east side of Seymour after the incident. Nicholson and Meyer then talked to the woman who owned the vehicle, and they were able to determine she knew nothing about the burglary, Nicholson said.

Police, however, were able to discover a suspect in the the burglary by watching several hours of surveillance video from the motel, Nicholson said.

On Feb. 16, McElfresh and county officers Jesse Hutchinson and Brad Barker arrested Lawrence in the parking lot of the motel, and police were able to determine Lawrence had been involved in the burglary while he was being interviewed, Nicholson said.

Indiana State Police Trooper David Owsley also assisted with the investigation, which is ongoing, Nicholson said.