Burglary suspect makes initial appearance for 2022 case


John Michael Watts II, 38, Indianapolis

HANCOCK COUNTY — An Indianapolis man accused of burglary and the theft of a firearm in January, 2022 made his initial appearance in Hancock County Circuit Court late last week.

John Michael Watts II, 38, has been charged with a Level 4 felony count of burglary of a dwelling and a Level 6 felony count of theft of a firearm.

Watts made his initial appearance in Hancock County Circuit Court Thursday, May 11 where Judge Scott Sirk entered a denial on behalf of Watts and set a $3,000 cash bond.

According to a probable cause affidavit, officials from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department were called to the 20 block of Manor Drive, Greenfield in late January, 2022. Officials met a woman who said her handgun was missing along with ammunition and that her apartment had been broken into.

The woman told officials she believed Watts and a relative were the only ones with access to her safe where the gun was located. She also stated Watts sent her a text message implying he had the firearm, the affidavit said.

In February of 2022, officials with the Beech Grove Police conducted a traffic stop which resulted in a vehicle pursuit, the affidavit said. Once stopped, the male driver was identified as Watts and he was in possession of the gun that had been reported stolen in the burglary case, officials said.

Watts is currently still listed as an inmate in the county jail and is scheduled to be back in court July 18 for a pretrial hearing.