Nametag left at scene leads police to theft suspect


A nametag left at the construction site of a new home led to the arrest of a Jackson County woman Friday, police report.

Kimberly Dawn Schuette, 44, of Vallonia was arrested on a Level 6 felony charge of theft/possession of stolen property after police discovered she had taken equipment from the site in the 1800 block of South State Road 135, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Jackson County officers Adam Nicholson and Rick Meyer responded to that report at 11 a.m. Friday.

The caller told police he had been building the home and that his generator and rebar cutter — valued at $3,000 — had come up missing, and he believed them to be stolen.

Police found a nametag belonging to Schuette at the location where the items had last been seen, and Jackson County Detective Bob Lucas took cast tire impressions that matched Schuette’s black Mitsubishi Montero.

The nametag led Meyer to a staffing agency in Seymour.

Officers also obtained Schuette’s home address in the 5000 block of South State Road 135, about three miles south of the theft.

Police said they found the rebar cutter during a search of Schuette’s vehicle, and Nicholson and Meyer recovered the generator from a property on Wheeler Holler Road in Washington County after Schuette told them where it was located.

The items have been returned to the owner, but the theft remains under investigation and more arrests are possible, police said.

Schuette was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 6:44 p.m. Friday and is being held without bond pending her initial court appearance.

A Level 6 felony is punishable by six months to two and a half years in jail upon conviction.

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