Seymour man arrested for possession of stolen property


Stolen property worth thousands of dollars has been returned to its rightful owners, and a Seymour man has been arrested and charged in the case, police report

According to a news release from Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer, Sean Evan Moffatt, 42, of Seymour was arrested Thursday and faces three counts of possession of stolen property.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the incident began Aug. 31 when the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was advised of a suspicious male driving around the area of the 7400 block of East County Road 500N on a four-wheeler.

Officers sent to the area soon observed a green/black four-wheeler with a metallic object attached to the front, and aboard it was a male matching the caller’s description, Meyer said.

One of the officers immediately recognized him as Moffatt from prior dealings with him, Meyer said.

As the officer turned his vehicle around, Moffatt drove off, police said.

The officer reported he parked his vehicle and walked toward the wooded area where he had first seen Moffatt. As he entered the field, he saw the four-wheeler with keys in the ignition, but Moffatt was nowhere to be found.

The four-wheeler, originally green, had been spray-painted black. Officers were able to determine that it matched the description of one stolen from the 7000 block of East County Road 50N on July 5.

The owner was called to the scene and offered identifying information about the vehicle before it was shown to him, Meyer said.

The man told police when the four-wheeler was stolen, it had a 40-ton log splitter attached. A search warrant for the property where Moffatt was known to live was executed, Meyer said.

At the property, officers located the log splitter, which was identified by the theft victim.

Also inside, police reported finding items believed to have been stolen from previous burglaries, including clothing, alcohol, two neon signs, two unopened Amazon packages, fishing poles, a fish finder, a remote to a trolling motor and keys to a boat that had been stolen.

These items were positively identified by other theft victims, Meyer said.

He also said the property that was returned to owners was from theft cases dating as far back as September 2021.

On Thursday, county officers received information Moffatt was inside his residence in the 300 block of North State Road 11. Officers set up a perimeter around the residence.

When officers knocked on the front door, Moffatt ran out the back straight to the waiting officers. He was taken into custody without incident.

“I am proud of the effort the officers put forth in this case,” Meyer said. “My department is dedicated to keeping our residents and their property safe and working to hold those who violate the law accountable.”

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