Brownstown man arrested on burglary, theft charges


A 33-year-old Jackson County man faces a felony charge of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of theft related to an incident in September near Medora, police report.

Joseph Charles Hacker of Brownstown was arrested early Saturday morning at his home, according to a news release from Jackson County Officer J.L. McElfresh.

Hacker’s arrest stems from an investigation into a burglary reported at 5:55 p.m. Sept. 30 at a home in the 1300 block of South County Road 740W, Medora, McElfresh reported.

At that home, he said he found that forced entry had been made and a handgun had been stolen. As part of the investigation, police were able to obtain photographs of the suspect and the suspect’s car.

On Nov. 4, Brownstown Officer Ryan Cherry found a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle, police said.

McElfresh was able to obtain photographs of the registered owner of the vehicle, Joseph C. Hacker; and those photographs, matched the photographs of the suspect at the scene of the burglary.

On Friday, McElfresh obtained a search warrant to collect DNA from Joseph C. Hacker. McElfresh and county Officer Jordan Hawn found Joseph at his home and executed the search warrant for the DNA.

At 1:12 a.m. Saturday, Hacker was arrested for burglary of a dwelling, a Level 4 felony, and theft, a Class A misdemeanor, and taken to the Jackson County Jail where he awaits an initial hearing on the charges.

The investigation is ongoing.

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