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Man arrested in string of burglaries

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SEYMOUR — Police continue to investigate whether a man arrested in a string of burglaries in Seymour can be linked to other area burglaries.

Investigators also expect to make at least one other arrest in the series of at least five burglaries at Gill Enterprises self-storage unit business on East Second Street.

The arrest of Matthew A. Perkins, 34, Columbus, came after police staking out the business spotted him around noon on Veterans Day.

“They had a suspect vehicle description, and when one fitting it pulled in the officers went up to his vehicle and saw the bolt cutters on the flood board and talked to him,” Carothers said Monday. “They then made the arrest.”

Perkins was booked into Jackson County Jail at 2:12 p.m. Nov. 11, police said.

The prosecutor’s office has filed four charges against Perkins: two counts of burglary along with single charges of unlawful possession of a syringe and driving while suspended.

Perkins was released on Nov. 20 after posting bond of $20,005.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Carothers said Perkins, during a period of eight to 12 weeks, went to Gill Enterprises, 609 E. Second St., and randomly selected storage units to break into. He is suspected of having burglarized the area five different times.

“He was driving into the facility and using a pair of bolt cutters and cutting locks off and opening doors,” Carothers said. “He’s pretty brazen. There was no set pattern for him, so it was a little harder to trace.”

Carothers said police still are looking into what items Perkins stole, but so far power tools, NASCAR collectibles, a coin collection and furniture, including a bed, table and chairs, are just a few that have been reported.

“People are having trouble remembering what all was in their units,” Carothers said. “We do know he stole several items.”

Perkins was not a customer of the facility and the owners had never heard of him, Carothers said Monday.

Police believe Perkins was not acting alone in the burglaries, and additional arrests are pending.

“We’re suspecting at least one more,” Carothers said.

During an initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court, Judge Rick Poynter set a trial date of April 22 in the case against Perkins.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is encouraged to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department at 812-358-2141.

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