Burglary spree spans 6 counties

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By Lisa King

A suspect arrested last week in Shelbyville is believed to be responsible for more than 30 burglaries across six counties – including Spencer.

Robert Eugene Weathers, 40, of Springfield was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly confessing to committing burglary at Big O Tires on U.S. 60 west of Shelbyville. Earlier that morning, police had apprehended Weathers after he was witnessed running from the scene of the crime.

Maj. D. Goodwin, of the Shelbyville Police Department, said yesterday that he expects Weathers to be charged in connection with at least six burglaries in the city, including Tapp’s Feed and Supply Store, Goodyear, the Dollar General Store and Logan Blythe Insurance Company.

Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said Weathers is a suspect in 11 break-ins throughout his jurisdiction.

“We’re doing a search warrant to get DNA to check and see if we can connect him to any other burglaries,” said Armstrong, adding that deputies have now charged Weathers with possession of stolen firearms.

“We have recovered two guns that were from a burglary in Washington County,” Armstrong said.

A rifle and a shotgun still remain missing after they were reportedly taken during a break-in at Rick Downs CPA in Springfield June 15.

Weathers has also been charged with receiving stolen property (firearm) over $300 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was arraigned in Shelby District Court Tuesday, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis arranged a meeting with surrounding authorities following a break-in at Cheek’s Produce June 7. So far, the Elk Creek burglary is the only one in Spencer County connected to Weathers.

The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department was alerted to the break-in at Cheek’s Produce after owner Betty Cheek said she discovered that someone had damaged one of her doors in an attempt to make entry. Once inside, she found that a window had been opened and the screen cut. Jars of honey were scattered across the display shelves, but nothing appeared to be missing.

Lewis said the circumstances at Cheek’s Produce matched similar crimes in other counties.

“He pulled the electric meter completely off the building. He also cut the phone lines before making entry,” said Lewis. In other burglaries, the suspect would reportedly destroy alarm panels. Weathers is believed to have even tossed a computer into a sink and turned on the water because he thought it might have a surveillance camera.

Weathers is currently on parole after being convicted in a similar crime spree in Nelson County during 2003.

- Robin Bass contributed to this story.

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