Three implicated in Christmas Eve burglary in Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 09 February 2018 15:41



Three people are now implicated and have been charged in a Scottsburg burglary of a home last Christmas Eve, December 24.

A convoluted tale was told by one of the defendants, Loren Alan Smith, 24, Austin, when he was first picked up following an investigation of the burglary by Scottsburg Lt./Detective Mike Nichols.

Smith allegedly told Det. Nichols that he and a friend burglarized the home near Lake Iola because his friend knew the owner would not be home. He said his friend offered him seven grams of methamphetamine (meth) to help with the burglary.

Smith said he bought a big screen TV taken from the residence for $100 from his friend, saying he planned to give it to a relative for Christmas.

The friend implicated by Smith apparently did not take part in the break-in, however. When the detective interviewed jail inmate Trenton C. Campbell, 18, Scottsburg, Campbell purportedly related how Smith planned the burglary and invited Campbell and Katlyn “Katie” E. Deaton, 21, Pekin, to take part. He said he was offered two computers by Smith as his “fee” for helping.

Campbell reportedly met Smith and Deaton after hours at the Blocher General Store, the probable cause affidavit noted, and drove them to the house. Deaton allegedly pried open a side door; the two men entered, taking the TV and four computers.

Afterward, Campbell took the couple back to Blocher. Deaton was supposed to have gotten the TV, but Smith instead kept it and gave it to a relative the next day.

All three have been charged with Level 4 felony burglary. Smith and Campbell are also charged with Level 6 felony theft.

Each has been assigned an initial jury trial date of April 16. Defendants have also been provided with the services of public defenders. Each of their bails is set at $60,000 by corporate surety bond or $6,000 cash.