Three arrested in home invasion; six others face charges

Three juveniles were arrested this week for their role in an armed home invasion May 4, police report.

Six others face charges related to the same incident, according to a news release from Seymour Police Department Lt. C.J. Foster.

He said police received a call at approximately 9:09 p.m. in reference to an armed robbery in the 600 block of Euclid Avenue in the city’s near east side.

Officers were told by witnesses that three individuals entered the home unannounced and one of them held everyone at gunpoint while the other two suspects searched the home.

Victims told police the suspects took an undisclosed amount of marijuana and prescription medication, Foster said, but no one was hurt during the incident.

On Monday, a 15-year-old male and a 16-year-old male were arrested on preliminary charges of armed robbery, a Level 3 felony, and theft, a Level 6 felony, in connection with the incident.

The 16-year-old male was already being detained on an unrelated incident for charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness with a vehicle.

The 16-year-old is being held pending court hearings. If formal charges are filed for the armed robbery against him by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, it would become a Level 3 felony in Jackson Circuit Court.

On Wednesday, a 14-year-old male juvenile from Seymour also was arrested for robbery, a Level 3 felony, and theft, a Level 6 felony, in connection with the incident.

The 14-year-old and 15-year-old are being held by the Jackson County Probation Department pending initial hearings. They were both transported to a juvenile detention center pending court hearings.

After conducting several interviews, police obtained a Jackson Superior Court II search warrant for a home on Garden Avenue in Seymour.

Officers searched the home and vehicles on the property and found multiple firearms, including one that matched the description of the one used in the robbery, ammunition, more than 2 pounds of marijuana and THC vape cartridges, Foster said.

Police conducted an interview Monday with a man who lived at the Garden Avenue residence. During the interview, that man, Keegan Brooks, 18, of Seymour, admitted to possessing the more than 2 pounds of marijuana and THC vape cartridges, Foster said.

Brooks was arrested for maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony, dealing in marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.

During his arrest, Brooks was found to be in possession of marijuana, and additional charges of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana are being requested, Foster said.

During a post interview, Foster said Brooks told police that “marijuana was the most dangerous drug out there” due to the large amount of money associated with the drug.

On Monday evening, officers investigated two incidents directly related to the home invasion where three male juveniles, ages 15, 16 and 16, and two female juveniles, both 15, were arrested for intimidation of a witness, Foster said.

He said over the past five years, the majority of armed robberies investigated by SPD have been related to the use or sale of marijuana.