Jackson County
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Lawrence Arrested on Burglary Charge

Christopher M. Lawrence

On 02/15/2018 around 3:15 p.m. Jackson County Deputy Adam Nicholson responded to a report of a burglary in the 8500 block South of County Road 950 East. The 9-1-1 caller reporting the incident told dispatch he was a neighbor of the residence that was broken in to.  The caller confronted two white males who were in the driveway of the victim's home. The caller said when he approached the males they got into a tan colored Ford Expedition and headed North on County Road 950 East. A dispatch was sent out so Crothersville Police and other officers could observe for the vehicle.

Crothersville Officer J.L. McElfresh heard the dispatch and attempted to locate the Expedition. He was unable to locate it so he went to the address of the reported burglary. Officer McElfresh checked the residence for other possible suspects, and confirmed the residence had been forcefully broken into.

Nicholson arrived and started the investigation. After speaking with the home owner it was learned several items had been stolen. The home owner was eventually able to give Nicholson a detailed list of items that were taken from the residence which totaled over $10,000 dollars.

Information was gathered about the vehicle the suspects were seen driving. The vehicle was then located in a gravel parking lot next to the Knights Inn in Seymour. Jackson County Deputy Meyer stayed with the vehicle until the initial investigation was completed at the residence. Nicholson then met with Deputy Meyer at the vehicle, and they were able to locate the female who owned it. The female was interviewed, and it was determined she had no connection with the crime. Nicholson, and Meyer reviewed several hours of surveillance video from the Knights Inn and were able to determine a possible suspect.

The following day Jackson County Deputies Jesse Hutchinson, Brad Barker, and Officer McElfresh were able to locate the suspect in the parking lot of the Knights Inn. He was identified as Christopher M. Lawrence, 33, of Seymour. Deputy Nicholson was notified, and he along with Hutchinson, Barker, and McElfresh conducted interviews, and continued investigating. It was determined Lawrence was involved in the burglary, and he was taken into custody. Lawrence is currently being held at the Jackson County Jail on Burglary- Level 4 felony, Theft- Level 6 felony, and Possession of Stolen Property- Level 6 felony.

Indiana State Police Officer David Owsley also assisted in the investigation which is ongoing at this time.