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Alert employee leads to arrests of suspects and recovery of more than 100 DVDs

Monday, July 31, 2006

By IVY HERRON

missivy1964@yahoo.com

Two Ohio men were arrested Saturday for allegedly taking 16 DVDs from a service station near I-70, and 98 DVDs from other locations.

Around 12:11 p.m. Saturday, the Terre Haute post of the Indiana State Police received a theft complaint from the manager of the Pilot Travel Center, 4376 N. S.R. 59.

The manager said two males entered the store and placed several DVDs in a red backpack before leaving the store in a red GMC Jimmy with no plates visible. The manager told troopers that the suspects turned eastbound onto I-70.

Employees were able to provide accurate details about the suspects to authorities because of specific theft training and security cameras in the building. Due to its proximity to I-70, the business experiences theft problems in spurts, "but nothing to this level," said an employee at the Pilot Travel Center Sunday.

Trooper Jason Schoffstalls, who was assisted by Trooper Jim Hayes, was dispatched to the scene while a radio bulletin was issued describing the suspects' vehicle.

At approximately 12:23 p.m., near the 41-mile marker on I-70 in Putnam County, Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Pat Etter stopped a vehicle matching the description of the bulletin.

Tony Bridges, 22, and Bradley A. Nichols, 22, both of Columbus, Ohio, were taken into custody for a preliminary charge of theft/possession of stolen property. Both men were booked into the Clay County Justice Center without incident with a cash bond of $7,000 to await arraignment.

Troopers recovered 114 DVDs ranging in price from $9.99 to $19.99. The 16 DVDs taken from the Pilot Travel Center were valued at $159.84. (Authorities have not determined the value of the other DVDs.)

The Indiana State Police is continuing the investigation into the origin of the other 98 DVDs.



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