Jackson County
Sheriff's Office
Brownstown, Indiana
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Deputy Uses Technology to Catch Theif

Sunday September 23, 2018

Reserve Deputy Greg Murphy responded to Lawyer Excavation in the 7000 block of north US Highway 31 to investigate a report that someone had broken into a 2007 International Semi truck.

Murphy met with the owners, Glenn and Darrin Lawyer, and Larry Ross, the driver of the truck that had been broke into. Ross stated that he had parked the truck at 5:30pm. Later, around 8:00pm, Darrin Lawyer was driving past the business and noticed that the truck’s cab lights were on. When Darrin stopped to shut the lights off he noticed broken glass all around the cab, and that the passenger side window had been smashed out. 

Several items were missing from the truck, including an orange and black tool box loaded with tools, a Cobra CB radio, a GPS system, a black brief case, and a computer tablet.

Darrin Lawyer stated that he was tracking the tablet and that it was at the TA Truck Stop in Seymour. Murphy went to the truck stop to look for the tablet, when dispatch radioed the tablet was now across the street in the drive through of McDonald’s restaurant.

Murphy went to McDonald’s and located a red 2014 Chevrolet 4 door passenger car in the drive through. Inside the vehicle, Murphy saw in plain view a CB radio in the front passenger seat, and an orange and black tool box in the back seat. Murphy identified the driver by a driver’s license as Jeffery McCrory.

Murphy had McCrory exit his vehicle and began questioning him about the items in his car when McCrory decided to try and flee from Murphy.

Deputy Murphy chased McCrory behind a nearby Circle K gas station where he took McCrory to the ground. McCrory was then handcuffed and taken to the Jackson County Jail.

Murphy has requested charges against McCrory of, Theft, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Criminal Mischief.