Burglary Arrest Made
A Burglary arrest was made Wednesday evening June 29th after an investigation by Jackson County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Brent Terry.
Deputy Terry's investigation began at a residence on Main Street in Vallonia where a vehicle had reportedly been broken into, and some items including crossbows, knives, and a firearm were taken from a garage.
After several interviews in Vallonia, Deputy Terry was able to make positive identification of the suspect, Jeremy Toppe, 26, of Brownstown. A witness stated that he saw Jeremy Toppe earlier in the day in Vallonia attempting to sell items matching the description of the items reported stolen.
Deputy Terry was able to gain information that Toppe may be at a house on Vine Street in Seymour. Terry, along with Reserve Deputies Charlie Murphy and James Murphy went to the Vine Street residence where they located Jeremy Toppe and several other individuals inside the house. Toppe initially denied being in Vallonia or having any knowledge of the stolen items, but later changed his story and admitted he had been in Vallonia and that he was trying to sell the items for a friend, but could only remember the friend's first name. Toppe told Deputies he stashed the items in a blue shed somewhere in Vallonia.
Deputies then spoke with the Vine Street homeowners who stated the stolen items were actually in a closet inside their home, and that Toppe had brought them there earlier in the day. The homeowners gave permission for the Deputies to enter the house where the stolen items were recovered. One of the items, a crossbow valued at $600.00 was not located, however a male juvenile at the residence told Deputies he saw Toppe trade a neighbor the crossbow for a guitar and amplifier earlier in the day. The juvenile walked with Deputies to the neighbor’s house where that crossbow was then recovered.
Jeremy Toppe was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail. Deputy Terry submitted his report to the prosecutor with a request for the following charges.
Burglary / Level 5 Felony
Theft of a Firearm / Level 6 Felony
Theft / 6 counts / Level 6 Felonies
The recovered items were processed and then returned to the victims. The investigation is on-going and Toppe could face additional charges. Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Holt also assisted with the investigation.