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Burglars cause $25,000 in damage

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Shelbyville men charged with breaking into log cabin, destroying property

By Shannon Brock

Two Shelbyville men were arrested July 31 and charged with breaking into a log cabin home on Mount Washington Road, trashing the cabin and stealing a variety of items including two four-wheelers.

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Aaron C. Benson, 23, of West Shelby House, and Shaun C. Mathis, 21, of Fleming Road, face multiple charges from the incident, which occurred on July 23.
Benson is charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of theft by unlawful taking.
Mathis faces a second-degree burglary charge, two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of theft by unlawful taking.
According to Benson’s uniform citation, filed by Spencer County Sheriff’s Detective Tony Mattingly, both men “burglarized a residence at 4700 Mount Washington Road on two separate occasions and a second residence on the same property.”
“On [the] second burglary, suspects caused massive damage by breaking household items and pouring bleach on property,” Mattingly wrote.
Damage is estimated at around $25,000, the report says.
The suspects also burglarized a barn twice, taking two four-wheelers on two separate occasions.
During one of the burglaries, the suspects drove a four-wheeler into a lake, submerging it underwater.
Mathis’ citation states that the suspects entered the cabin through a window after attempting to gain access through the door.
“Once inside, suspects stole multiple items: TV, speakers, fishing equipment, battery charger, walkie-talkies, etc.,” the citation says.
Some of the broken items include an antique guitar and a washer/dryer.
Many of the smaller items have been recovered, Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump said Monday afternoon.
But the sheriff’s department is still trying to locate the two four-wheelers, which its Facebook page describes as red Honda four-wheelers — utility type, not off-road racing.
Stump said the inside of the cabin was “completely destroyed” and called the suspects actions “mean and cruel.”
Both suspects were taken into custody, but as of Tuesday morning, only Mathis remained at the Shelby County Detention Center.
No court dates were scheduled as of Tuesday morning, according to online dockets.