Two arrested in connection with theft report

Two Seymour residents have been arrested on preliminary felony charges as a result of an investigation into a theft reported in late March from a storage unit on the city’s east side, police report.

Joshua Eli Shelton, 33, faces a Level 5 felony charge of burglary and a Level 6 felony charge of theft in connection with that investigation, while Sonya Yvonne Thompson, 31, faces a Level 6 felony charge of possession of a hypodermic syringe or needle. Shelton also was arrested on a Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

According to a news release from Lt. C.J. Foster with the Seymour Police Department, the pair were arrested during an investigative traffic stop Wednesday.

He said neither Shelton nor Thompson had a valid driver’s license at the time of the stop. While completing an inventory of the contents of the vehicle, which was towed, officers found a hypodermic syringe in a backpack owned by Thompson, Foster said.

The vehicle was stopped after police developed the two as possible suspects in a burglary reported March 25 by the owner of Ace Storage at 1015 E. Tipton St., Foster said. The owner of that business told police at the time that he believed two people in a passenger vehicle had broken into at least one storage unit.

Police responded to the business and did not find any suspects or a vehicle.

A few days later, the owner provided additional information to police about the incident, and that led police to look for and arrest Shelton and Thompson, Foster said. He said the investigation is ongoing.

Shelton was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 4:34 p.m. Wednesday and was being held without bond pending his initial court appearance.

Thompson was booked into the jail at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday and was being held without bond pending her initial court appearance.