Another arrest made in Scottsburg home burglary; neighbor charged Print
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 08:26

A woman who lived next door to a burglary victim has now been charged in the crime that happened in Scottsburg last year.

Brooke Mattingly, 27, faces one charge each of Class B felony burglary and Class D felony receiving stolen property in Scott Circuit Court. The charges were filed on January 26.

At the time the crime was reported, Mattingly was questioned about the burglary to a home on Lakeview Drive which occurred during the late night hours on May 30 or early on June 1.

According to statements taken by Scottsburg Detective/Lt. Mike Nichols, the woman denied knowledge of a burglary which occurred at a home next door to her residence. Mattingly also said she did not know how a garden hose had been hooked up to her neighbor’s water supply nor how an electrical extension cord had been plugged into the same neighbor’s electrical service, the probable cause affidavit related. Both the hose and cord led to Mattingly’s residence.

Additionally, it wasn’t too hard for police to recover most of the items that had been stolen from the neighbor’s home. Some was found strewn on the ground outside Mattingly’s property, and more was found inside the residence once police obtained a consent to search from the woman. At the time of the interview, Mattingly was being held at the Scott County Security Center on unrelated charges. Det. Nichols noted that Mattingly had cuts and scrapes on her hands. To gain entry to the neighbor’s house, a window had been broken, and blood was found on the jagged glass and inside the home.

DNA testing on the blood was performed. When results confirmed that the blood came from Mattingly, the burglary and receiving stolen property charges were prepared and filed.

Two other residents of Mattingly’s home, Dalton Simmonds and Jacinda Barrett, were charged with receiving stolen property, a Class D felony, in Scott Superior Court. Both eventually pleaded guilty to the charge and were sentenced, Simmonds serving 226 days and Barrett receiving 547 days in jail with one year suspended and to be served on supervised probation. Her probation will expire this August.

At Mattingly’s initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on January 27, a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for her. Her jury trial was set for June 2, and the case was assigned to a public defender. Her bail is set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash.