Seymour man arrested on 83 charges


A Seymour man faces 83 charges of theft, forgery and fraud after he stole more than $3,000 from his grandfather, police report.

Brandon Todd Sawyer, 20, was arrested at 1:20 p.m. Monday after Seymour police investigated reports he wrote multiple checks to himself totaling $3,610 from his grandfather’s bank account.

He faces a total of 26 Level 5 felony counts of fraud on a financial institution; 27 Level 6 felony counts of forgery; 29 Class A misdemeanor charges of theft; and one Level 5 felony charge of attempted fraud on a financial institution, Seymour Detective Sgt. C.J. Foster said.

At the time of his arrest, Sawyer was out of jail on a $700 bond stemming from his arrest May 21 for theft with a prior conviction. That case is still pending in Jackson Circuit Court.

The court also shows a separate case still pending involving a violation of a home detention order from October 2017.

Sawyer wrote 29 checks ranging between $80 and $300 in the most recent charges, Foster said.

Police said Sawyer was able to take money out of the account by writing and cashing the checks between mid-May and Monday.

“He was writing them out to himself and cashed a lot of them,” Foster said.

On Monday, Sawyer tried to cash a $375 check written to himself at State Bank of Medora, and the bank refused and called police, Foster said, adding it was the largest check he wrote.

He said police waited for Sawyer’s vehicle and pulled him over near the 700 block of West Tipton Street on his way back into Seymour. Two stolen checks also were found during the traffic stop, Foster said.

He said the total number of charges stems from three different investigations.

Foster said Medora Town Marshal Steve Ingle called the department and said he had multiple checks Sawyer had written and cashed. The victim also called police to report checks had been stolen.

Sawyer was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

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