Homeowner drives away two burglars

Posted Aug. 12, 2009, at 10:44 p.m.

APPLETON — An angry homeowner drove two burglars out of her house early Wednesday morning, said Knox County Sheriff’s Office officials.

“She basically threw [them] out the door,” said Detective Sgt. Reggie Walker of the Sheriff’s Office. “She was a regular homeowner who didn’t like what she saw. I was impressed.”

John Seavey, 22, of Appleton was arrested around 6 a.m. Wednesday and charged with multiple counts of burglary and burglary to motor vehicles, along with resisting arrest and assault on a police officer. A 14-year-old Appleton boy also was arrested and charged with burglary, police officials said, but he was released into his family’s custody.

The duo broke into at least four houses and a significant number of vehicles before the homeowner caught them in the act, said Chief Deputy Ernie McIntosh. He said that victims of the crime spree had been calling the sheriff’s office all day Wednesday to report that their vehicles had been targeted, and that he expected more people would notice over the next day or so that they were victimized, too.

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After the homeowner reported the attempted burglary to police, Seavey allegedly fled through the woods to get away from Sgt. Jay Boyington, who lives in Appleton and was able to quickly make it to the scene although he was not on duty at the time. Seavey then apparently assaulted Boyington before he was subdued by officers.

Neither Seavey nor the juvenile apparently had a weapon, according to McIntosh.

“The investigation is still in its preliminary stages,” he said.

Eight officers and a police dog assisted the investigation Wednesday, officials said.

Seavey was taken to Knox County Jail, where he remained at 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the jail intake officer. Bail was set at $1,040.

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