(SEYMOUR) – On November 28, 2019, Officers Gilbert Carpenter, Craig Owens, Derrick Shelley, and Sgt. Ryan Huddleston responded to the area of Fountain Court in reference to a burglary that had just occurred.
When officers arrived at the scene, they were told by the homeowners that they had just come home and observed a male individual exit their residence and enter the garage.
The suspect confronted one of the homeowners with a screwdriver and fled the scene on foot. It is believed that the homeowners came home and startled the suspect, as there were items wrapped in a throw rug ready to be removed from the residence.
Patrol officers collected evidence from the scene that was left at the point of entry. Some of the evidence was processed by investigators and forwarded to the Indiana State Police Lab for examination.
On March 28, 2020, investigators received information about a potential lead from the Indiana State Police Lab. On May 19, 2020, one of the victims identified the suspect from a photographic array.
On July 8, 2020, investigators from the Seymour Police Department arrested 34-year-old Benjamin Taylor, of Pendleton, for the offenses of burglary a level 2 felony, and robbery a level 3 felony.
Taylor was incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail at the time of his arrest as he had been brought back from the Correctional Industrial Facility in Pendleton, Indiana for a court hearing.
The investigation is ongoing.