Rushville Republican

May 17, 2013

Jury convicts burglar

Kevin L. Green
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — A Muncie man was recently sentenced following a jury trial in the Rush Circuit Court.

According to a news release from Rush County Prosecutor Phil Caviness, James A. Lynn, 37, of Muncie, was convicted of burglary, a class B felony, and theft, a class D felony.  

Rush County Deputy Prosecutor Phillip Morgan presented evidence that on Dec. 21, 2012, Lynn and a co-defendant broke into and entered the home of Rebecca McDonald and stole jewelry, jewelry boxes and silver plated flatware, among other items.

After nearly three-and-a-half hours of deliberation the jury found Lynn guilty of burglary and theft.  

According to the news release, the victim testified that on Dec. 21, 2012, she arrived home and noticed a white Ford pickup truck in her driveway. The victim parked her vehicle in front of the white truck and saw two male individuals come from the front door of her residence with items from her house.

As the men attempted to leave in the truck they struck the victim’s vehicle, causing minor damage.

McDonald was able to get an accurate description of the two individuals as well as the license plate number from the truck and provide that information to law enforcement.

Major Duane Raab of the Rush County Sheriff’s Department testified that he investigated the burglary and through the description and license plate information provided by the victim, evidence linking the white Ford truck to Lynn and the other defendant, Paul Rice, was obtained.       “I believe a big factor in the jury finding Mr. Lynn guilty was the testimony from the victim. She came home to strangers taking her belongings and was still able to keep her composure in order to get descriptions of the individuals, the truck, and the license plate to provide to law enforcement. It was this information that got the investigation started,” Morgan said. “I also have to give credit to Major Raab, Det. Gosser and Sgt. Drake for their work in investigating this case. They tracked down leads and continued the investigation until the suspects were arrested.”

Prosecutor Phil Caviness was pleased with the results of the trial.

“I am happy that we were able to get another criminal convicted and off our streets,” he said.

Caviness asks residents to remain vigilant of suspicious activity and to report anything out of the ordinary to law enforcement.

“If it looks suspicious, report it,” he urged.

The co-defendant in this case is still at large. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Paul Rice is asked to contact the Rush County Sheriff’s Department.

Contact: Kevin Green @ 765.932.2222 x108