On July 13, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a possibly burglary in progress in the area of the 1300 block of North US Highway 31. 

Jackson County Officer Rick Meyer responded. 

While en route, Meyer was advised a neighbor was watching this residence while the owner was out of town. The neighbor had two subjects outside the residence and another subject was either inside the residence or had taken off on foot. 

Meyer arrived and learned that a side window of the residence had been broken.

Entrance was made thru this window and it was learned a hand gun was taken from the residence. 

The investigation determined Alexander Johnson, 20, Seymour had broken the window and gained entry into the residence. Johnson was no longer at the scene. 

Tavontay Shipp, 19, Seymour was arrested at the scene. Shipp was charged with burgarly and theft. 

The following day, Seymour Police Department made contact with Johnson, who had scrapes and cuts all over his body from where he fled the resident and ran into a thicket. 

Johnson admitted to taking the gun and breaking into the residence. 

Johnson was able to tell police the location of the gun. 

Nicholson and Jackson County Officer Mitch Ray went to the area of the 1500 block of North US Highway 31 and located the gun along the roadway. 

After being located, Johnson was taken to Schneck Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. Johnson was then taken to the Jackson County Jail. He was charged with burglary, theft and possession of a hand gun without a permit. 

The investigation is continuing. More charges could be filed. All subjects are innocent until proven guilty. 

Arresting officer was Rick Meyer, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Assisting officers were Adam Nicholson and Mitch Ray, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Chip Petro, Seymour Police Department.