Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


April 16, 2013

GPD searching for clues in theft cases

Greensburg — The Greensburg Police Department (GPD) is currently seeking tips from the public regarding three recent, unsolved theft cases at Greensburg businesses.

According to lead investigator Lt. Wayne Shake, the first of the three cases occurred Feb. 23, at Radio Shack.

“Surveillance video shows a male posing as a customer,” Shake said. “The video clearly shows the suspect take a police scanner off a counter, stick it in his coat and leave the business.”

Shake added that the crime was particularly blatant because there’s zero chance the suspect didn’t know he was being filmed.

“The placement of the camera made it obvious,” the Lt. said.

He added that, to date, the GPD has generated few leads regarding the case.

“We haven’t been able to find anyone who recognizes the suspect,” he said. “We believe he likely popped off the interstate, committed the theft and then popped back on, and that’s why no one recognizes him: He’s not local.”

The second incident occurred Feb. 24 at the Greensburg McDonald’s.

According to Shake, one of the restaurant’s employees purchased lunch at the counter, but accidentally left his wallet behind.

Surveillance video shows a group of three — two females and one male — standing behind the employee as he placed his order.

“They weren’t really in line, at first,” Shake said. “They were just kind of standing back, looking at the menu. When the employee finished his order and left the counter, they stepped up to the same register. The video shows the girl in the middle of the group pocketing the wallet.”

The wallet was later found in the bathroom, minus $104.

“It was everything the victim had,” Shake said. “So it was a quite a blow to the victim.”

Fortunately, there was nothing else missing from the wallet, and the GPD doesn’t suspect the victim at risk of identity theft.

As in the Radio Shack case, the GPD has thus far found no one who recognizes the trio, and the case remains opened and unsolved.

The third theft occurred April 5, at the Aaron’s Rent to Own store across from Greensburg’s Walmart Shopping Center.

In that case, a male suspect is seen on the store’s surveillance video, spending an excessive amount of time perusing the store’s selection of laptop computers.

“He finally decides on one,” Shake said, “and eventually unplugs it. Then he takes the price information off and closes it. Each time he makes another move, he looks around and walks around a bit before returning. Finally, he puts the laptop under his coat and walks out the door. There were two people playing a video game close by, but their backs were to him and they didn’t see anything.”

Anyone with information regarding any of these three cases, can call the GPD’s anonymous tip line at: 812-66-CRIME (662-7463) or 663-3131.

Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011

Text Only
  • No confirmation of Philly papal visit PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Whether Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia during a major gathering of the world’s Roman Catholics remained a matter of speculation Friday after the archdiocese said a report he would attend should not be considered confirmation

    July 26, 2014

  • Islamic State destroys Jonah's Tomb in Mosul BAGHDAD (AP) — As Iraq selected a new president, Islamic militants blew up a revered Muslim shrine in Mosul traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, several residents of the city told The Associated Press.The militants first or

    July 26, 2014

  • Police search Gary for tiger on the loose GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary police searched the northwest Indiana city for a tiger after receiving several reports of a big cat on the loose.The reports began shortly before midnight Thursday and alleged sightings continued into Friday morning. Officers i

    July 26, 2014

  • Indy pulls support for Amtrak line INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis city officials have decided not to provide any additional money to subsidize an Amtrak passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago, casting its future into question.Last year, city leaders signed onto a one-year f

    July 26, 2014

  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240. All July – International Crafts

    July 26, 2014

  • nws-gb072614-gecom internship 1 photo Internship connects Greensburg students with Gecom jobs GREENSBURG — When Greensburg resident Zachary Couch, 20, was growing up, he enjoyed tinkering with machines, especially cars, and hoped to turn his interest into a career. Now, just a couple of months out of high school, he is working full-time, maki

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072614-ymca 100 birthday pic Decatur County YMCA celebrating 100 years tonight GREENSBURG — By 7 p.m. tonight, the “mocktails” will be flowing.That’s when the Decatur County Family YMCA will hold Celebration 100, the third of its summer-long festivities to celebrate the 100th Birthday of this venerable Tree City institution.In

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Educators offer paths to student success GREENSBURG — What started as an internship program between the local high school and auto parts maker Gecom has evolved into a harbinger of closer cooperation among leaders in education and business.Started last August as as a pilot project with six

    July 26, 2014

  • Visa, Amazon pull stock market lower NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing news on the American consumer, reflected in the results of retail giant Amazon and credit card processor Visa, dragged down the stock market Friday, putting two major indexes on course for a weekly loss.KEEPING SCORE: Th

    July 26, 2014

  • Thinking about health Tracy Hume, a freelance writer who lives in Greeley, Co., and a reader of Thinking About Health columns, recently sent along this provocative question. “Do ER-affiliated urgent care providers ever try to escalate patients to the ER when it is not med

    July 26, 2014