Deputies arrest local man on burglary charge at closed nursery

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man after responding to a burglary alarm at the now-closed Wischmeier Nursery near Garden City.

Deputies were called to 240 Jonesville Road at about 3:18 a.m. Tuesday. Deputy Nate Nichols saw a broken window on the northeast side of the building and found Timothy Schoettmer, 36, 2644 Hawpatch Drive, inside the building.

Sgt. Kris Weisner, Deputy Dane Duke and K9 Bolt searched the building but no other individuals were located.

Schoettmer was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail on charges of burglary and public intoxication and is being held there without bond, deputies said.

Wischmeier closed permanently this past summer after 31 years in business.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.