WPD probes reported theft of $10K in tools; arrest made for assault

By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com

WILMINGTON — The following report is generated from incident reports provided by the Wilmington Police Department. All those arrested are presumed innocent until possibly found guilty in court. Charges may be dropped or changed in court.

Wilmington police recently processed the following reports:

• At 9:46 a.m. on Dec. 9, police responded to the 100 block of East Short Street for a reported theft. A 28-year-old male advised he is with a company doing work in Wilmington and one of their trucks had been broken into and numerous items had been stolen. He advised that he normally drives his truck home, or parks his truck in the locked gated area, but when he arrived back at the site Friday, Dec. 6, the gate was already locked and he did not have a key. He said that the box truck had a padlock on the rear door, and it had been cut off. He advised that multiple tools and pieces of equipment belonging to the company and its employees had been stolen. Two of the items stolen were large Honda generators that were on wheels and screwed down on the truck bed. There was also a large concrete saw that was on a wheeled cart that was stolen. There were numerous other tools and winter clothing that were stolen as well. In total, over $10,000 in items were stolen. According to the report, a dump truck driver advised that when he arrived at 7 a.m. he saw the cab light come on in the truck, and then saw a man dressed in black run toward Doan Street. Police checked with the neighbors across from the parking lot where the truck was and no one remembered seeing anything around the trucks or equipment over the weekend.

• Police arrested a 23-year-old male for an alleged assault at a gas station on South South Street in Wilmington at 12:59 a.m. on Dec. 15. According to the report, an 18-year-old Washington Court House male advised a male in a red Corolla was in a dispute with his friend because he was trying to take something. The victim believed the suspect had been drinking. An 18-year-old Wilmington male advised to police he was saying the suspect wanted his necklace and when they walked outside, the suspect punched the victim in the face. The victim was bleeding from his nose and mouth. The victim said the suspect was trying to get his friend’s necklace and when he asked the suspect why, the suspect hit him in the face. The suspect was with a 21-year-old New Vienna female who yelled at him, “This is why I don’t get drunk with you!” They both stated the suspect got into a red vehicle and left toward Airborne Road.

• A 41-year-old female was charged with alleged trespassing after responding to a menacing report on Randolph Street at 2:29 p.m. on Dec. 10. A 46-year-old female is listed as a victim.

• At 4:11 p.m. on Dec. 10, a 43-year-old male was charged in related to a stolen trailer that occurred in Fayette County. The recovered trailer belonged to an 83-year-old Jeffersonville male.

• At 1:22 a.m. on Dec. 11, police issued a citation to a 37-year-old male for alleged drug offenses after responding to a trespassing incident at a gas station on East Main Street. According to the report, marijuana, a marijuana pipe, and a clear vial containing meth were seized by police.

• At 3:25 p.m. on Dec. 9, police received a report of a theft taking place over the weekend at a business on South Walnut Street. The items stolen included three shotguns, a muzzle-loading rifle, a laptop, and a trainset. An 83-year-old New Vienna male was listed as a victim.

• At 9:34 a.m. on Dec. 15, police responded to a hotel on Holiday Drive on the report of a homeless male subject sleeping in the breakfast area. The police made contact with a 26-year-old male who had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear on a theft charge. The subject was transported to the Clinton County Jail.


By John Hamilton


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