Two arrested for burglary of warehouse


Two local men have been arrested in connection with the burglary of a warehouse in early December of 2023 at Freeman Field Industrial Park in Seymour, police report.

Sloan M. Smith, 28, of Seymour and Steven E. Fettinger, 35, of Norman, both face Level 5 felony charges of burglary, and Smith also faces a Level 6 felony charge of theft, according to a news release from Lt. C.J. Foster with Seymour Police Department.

The investigation that led to their arrests started Dec. 4 when patrol officers responded to the area of East A Avenue in the industrial park on the southwest side of the city for the burglary of a warehouse belonging to Ranger Enterprises.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the door handle to the location had been manipulated and the suspects had taken several items that had a value of more than $1,000.

On Dec. 5, 2023, investigators developed two suspects and also learned one of them had already been arrested in an unrelated incident.

Investigators also located a vehicle suspected to have been used in the burglary on County Road 100S in Jackson County and took possession of it, Foster said.

On Dec. 6, 2023, detectives responded to a location in Kimberly Mobile Home Park after receiving information that some of the stolen property might be located there.

Foster said investigators did find some of the stolen property there.

On Dec. 6, 2023, investigators obtained a Jackson Superior Court 1 search warrant to search a 2008 Dodge Durango for evidence related to the burglary. Items taken in the burglary also were found in that vehicle, Foster said.

He said investigators attempted to speak with one of the suspects on Dec. 7, but he declined to talk with police.

The second suspect was not located at that time.

On March 13, investigators learned the second suspect had been located south of Seymour and investigators interviewed him.

Based on additional information obtained during the investigation, police then arrested Smith, who was already incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail on unrelated charges, and Fettinger, who was booked into the jail at 2:58 p.m. Wednesday. Fettinger posted a $20,000 bond at 7:38 p.m. Saturday and was released.

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