Pair arrested after residential burglary Friday north of Uniontown

Two men were arrested over the weekend as part of an investigation of a burglary in progress Friday on U.S. 31 north of Uniontown.

Alexander Scott Johnson, 20, of Seymour faces charges of burglary, theft and possession of a handgun without a permit in connection with the incident reported in the 1300 block of North U.S. 31.

Tavontay Michael Shipp, 19, also of Seymour, was arrested on burglary and theft charges after that incident.

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According to a news release from Jackson County Officer Rick Meyer, the arrest of the pair began when a neighbor — watching a house for a homeowner who was out of town — reported he had two people outside that house and a third person was either still inside or had taken off on foot.

During the investigation, Meyer said he learned a side window of the home had been broken by a man, later identified as Johnson, who had entered the house, and that a handgun had been taken from the home.

Johnson was not at the scene, but Shipp was there and arrested. Meyer said the second person being held by the neighbor at the scene was not charged and was released.

On Saturday, Johnson was located by Seymour Officer Bernard Petro.

Meyer said Johnson, who had scraps and cuts all over his body from running from the home into a thicket, told police he had broken into the house and taken the gun.

Johnson, who was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment of his injuries, told police the gun could be found in the 1500 block of North U.S. 31, Meyer said.

County officers Adam Nicholson and Mitch Ray went to that area and found the gun along the road, he said.

Shipp was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 8:23 p.m. Friday, while Johnson was booked into the jail at 2:27 p.m. Saturday. Both were being held without bond Sunday pending initial hearings.

Meyer said the investigation is on-going and more charges are possible.