Habitual Offender Arrested for Multiple Burglaries

New Albany, Ind. – On November 11, 2014, Indiana State Police Trooper Zachary Smith received information that the Clark County Sheriff’s Department was in a vehicle pursuit of a suspect who had allegedly been involved in a burglary in Clark County, Indiana. Trooper Smith learned the vehicle was involved in a crash near I-265 and I-65 and the alleged suspect had fled the vehicle on foot, then carjacked a construction worker from that location. It was later determined the construction worker dropped the suspect off on Spring Street in New Albany, Indiana. Subsequent investigation ascertained that the suspect was 33-year-old Jan D. Blythe of 1738 East Spring Street in New Albany, who was also a suspect in a burglary that occurred close to the residence on Spring Street in New Albany. Surveillance of the suspect’s residence concluded in Blythe’s arrest through a joint effort between the Indiana State Police and New Albany Police Department. Evidence from two burglaries and two thefts in Floyd County, one burglary and theft in Clark County, and two thefts in Kentucky were recovered from Blythe’s residence in Floyd County, Indiana.

Prosecutor Keith Henderson authorized the filing of criminal charges against Blythe for two counts of Burglary, four counts of Theft, Possession of Cocaine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Blythe will be charged as a Habitual Offender. Prosecutor Henderson stated: “The work of Trooper Smith was outstanding in this case. It is my intent to hold this defendant accountable for his actions.”

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