Three arrested on theft charges after incident at local retailer


Two Seymour residents have been arrested and a third will be on preliminary Level 6 felony charges by police investigating the theft of more than $1,000 from a local retail store Monday.

Zachary Tyler Hamblen, 21, Jerrod Davoughan Ford, 34, and Kimberly Elkins, 37, all face a theft charge in connection with the incident that started when regional security with The Home Depot reported three people had left the store without paying for numerous items, according to a news release from Seymour Police Department Lt. C.J. Foster.

The stolen items include battery-operated power tools, houseware items and bag chairs, he said.


Investigators recognized two of the three people involved in the thefts, and Home Depot security employees were able to provide photos of a vehicle the people used to leave the storeĀ at 1714 E. Tipton St.

A short time later, police found that vehicle at Village Green Mobile Home Park. The three suspects also were found inside a residence at the mobile home park, Foster said.

Two of the three later admitted to taking the items from the store while being interviewed, he said.

Hamblen and Ford were both booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown and are being held without bond pending initial hearings. Elkins also will be charged with theft but was not arrested Monday evening, Foster said.

A Level 6 felony is punishable by six months to two and a half years in prison upon conviction. The advisory sentence is one year.

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