Three arrested in connection with stolen firearm

Three Jackson County residents have been arrested as part of an investigation into a stolen weapon, police report.

Brian Adam Scott, 30, of Brownstown faces preliminary Level 6 felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property and possession of a syringe, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Jessica Lynn Hayes, 24, of Brownstown face preliminary Level 6 felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a syringe.

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Both also face preliminary misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Zachery David Fields, 25, of Medora, who was already being held at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on charges stemming from a separate incident, also faces a preliminary Level 6 felony charge of theft.

According to county Officer Brad Barker’s report, the arrest of the three occurred after police recently received a complaint of a stolen firearm from a rural residence in Owen Township.

The complainant told police he believed Fields had taken a .22-caliber handgun left to the complainant by his late grandfather and some pocket change, police said.

Barker, who led the investigation, said Fields admitted during an interview to stealing the firearm and selling it to Scott.

Police then sought and received a search warrant, signed by Jackson Superior Court I Judge AmyMarie Travis, for Scott’s home.

County officers assisted by Brownstown officers searched Scott’s home and reported finding methamphetamine, heroin, syringes, marijuana and paraphernalia leading to the drug charges against him and Hayes, who is his girlfriend.

Police, however, were unable to locate the stolen firearm.

Barker said he then interviewed Scott, who admitting to purchasing the firearm from Fields and selling it to another person.

Hayes told police she overheard Scott discussing the firearm with others, including mentioning it was stolen.

Hayes also told police she had seen the firearm in Scott’s possession and knew he had received it from Fields, police said.

Barker said he then conducted interviews with other people about the incident and each person said Fields had stolen the gun and sold it to Scott, who then sold it to someone else in the Vallonia area.

Barker, county officers Jordan Hawn and Justin Amos and Brownstown Police Department officers went to the Vallonia area in an attempt to locate the firearm.

After speaking with people in the area, Barker said he found the firearm along the Muscatatuck River in Grassy Fork Township, police said.

Scott and Hayes were both booked into the jail Tuesday afternoon — Scott at 5:43 p.m. and Hayes at 5:14 p.m.

Fields’ previous charges included possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony, and misdemeanor charges of possession of paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule I, II, III or IV controlled substance and theft.

A Level 6 felony carries a sentence of six months to two and a half years with an advisory sentence of one year upon conviction.