Two days after it was taken, an Echo chainsaw stolen from a home on East Washington Street was recovered.
Three days after that, a signed confession to the crime was received by Cpl. Gabe Stroud of the Seymour Police Department as stealing charges soon followed.
Issued a uniform citation for stealing was Nathaniel Lee “Nate” Smith, a resident of a home on West Summit Avenue, located about six blocks from the alleged crime scene.
Smith, 28, was arrested about two years ago after he admitted to stealing flowers from the greenhouse belonging to the FFA chapter at Seymour High School.
Per Stroud, Smith admitted to taking the chainsaw.
Reason for the theft?
It doesn’t appear anyone knows.
“When speaking with Mr. Smith, he said he was sorry for stealing the chainsaw and that he didn’t know why he stole it,” Stroud’s report noted.
Smith even returned the chainsaw to its owner.
But the owner still wants to press formal charges.
The odd series of events began on Friday, Sept. 18, when a man on East Washington Street reported that his Echo saw with a 12-inch bar was taken from his back porch.
The chainsaw was on the porch the previous evening.
Two days later at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, the man called Seymour’s police, telling officers he had located his chainsaw.
“He observed a man working on a house on South Division Street, just north of the Summit-Division intersection,” Stroud said in his report. “The man was using his chainsaw. (The saw’s owner) stated he approached the male, who identified himself as Nathaniel Smith.”
Smith told the man that he had purchased the saw “from a buddy,” then gave the name of Brayden Evans.
That’s when the man took back his saw.
It didn’t end there.
On Wednesday, Sept. 23, Stroud arrived at Smith’s home on West Summit Avenue.
Smith confessed to the crime.
Then he was issued a citation by Stroud with his appearance requested at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Seymour Municipal Court.
Stroud also is seeking state charges for felony stealing against Smith, which were submitted to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Marshfield.