Officer uses technology to catch theft suspect


The tracking capabilities of a portable computing device led to the capture of a man suspected of stealing that device and other items from the cab of a semitrailer parked in the Seymour area, police report.

Jeffrey Allan McCrory, 55, of Versailles faces charges of theft, resisting law enforcement and criminal mischief in connection with the incident reported at Lawyer Excavation, 7841 N. U.S. 31, at 8:44 p.m. Sunday.

McCrory was arrested by Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Officer Greg Murphy, who was sent to Lawyer Excavation to investigate a report that someone had broken into the cab of a 2007 International.

Murphy said in a news release that he met with the owners, Glenn and Darrin Lawyer, and Larry Ross, the driver of the truck that had been broken into, and Ross said he had parked the truck at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Darrin Lawyer said he was driving past the business at about 8 p.m. and noticed the truck’s cab lights were on, Murphy reported.

When Darrin stopped to shut the lights off, he noticed broken glass all around the cab and that the passenger-side window had been smashed out, police said.

Several items were missing from the truck, including an orange and black toolbox loaded with tools, a Cobra CB radio, a GPS system, a black briefcase and a computer tablet.

Darrin also told police he was tracking the tablet and that it was being shown at Travel Centers of America in Seymour at the time.

As Murphy went to the truck stop to look for the tablet, dispatchers radioed that the tablet was across the street in a vehicle in the drive-through of McDonald’s restaurant.

Murphy said he then went to McDonald’s and located a red 2014 Chevrolet four-door passenger car.

While looking inside the vehicle, Murphy said he spotted a CB radio in the front passenger seat and an orange and black toolbox in the back seat.

Murphy identified the driver by a driver’s license as McCrory. He asked McCrory to get out of the vehicle and began questioning him about the items in his car.

At that point, McCrory decided to try and flee, Murphy said.

He said he chased McCrory behind a nearby Circle K gas station, where he took McCrory to the ground.

Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter set McCrory’s bond at $1,505 during his initial hearing. His trial date has not been set.

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