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Woman in jail after stealing gas

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Brazil woman is in jail for allegedly stealing less than three gallons of gas Tuesday.

"Theft is theft, no matter whether it's for a candy bar or a gallon of gas," Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison told The Brazil Times Wednesday. "With the prices rising like they are, gas might as well be gold right now. Obviously we can't catch everyone who drives off without paying, but we will work with what evidence we got. If someone does this enough times, sooner or later, they will be caught."

According to information provided by Harrison, Patrolman Chris Blila arrested Dawn E. Smith, 37, at her home after driving off in her black Jeep Wrangler without paying for $10.70 in fuel at Gas America shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"Smith apparently went inside and gave the attendant a false name, said that she forgot her money in the car and then drove off," Harrison said. "People need to be aware there are security measures at service stations. When Blila watched the video, he recognized Smith."

Because of Smith's vehicle and her behavior during the incident, Harrison confirmed the department is actively investigating the case to see if Smith has been involved in other recent drive-offs in the area.

"Service stations can't afford for people to not pay. Citizens can't afford it either," Harrison said. "People who do this need to understand that when we catch them, there isn't an option to pay at that time. They already had that option and chose not to do it. They refused to pay. If we don't arrest these people, it sets a dangerous precedent for all those that attempt to drive off in the future."

As gas prices continue to rise, Harrison expects officers to respond to more and more reports of drive-offs at service stations.

"Service stations are going to have to take some extra steps to protect themselves against gasoline thefts," Harrison said. "I'm surprised that they haven't all gone to pre-pay to protect themselves against these types of losses."

A local service station manager contacted The Brazil Times to let the public know that this affects people personally.

"If enough of these types of incidents happen during the same time frame, a cashier can get in trouble for not paying enough attention," the station manager said. "People need to know that when they do this, they could be costing someone their job."

Jail officials confirmed Wednesday evening that Smith was still incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond with no 10 percent while awaiting formal arraignment on a class D felony charge of theft per the court calendar.

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i think it is really hard right now for everyone, with the prices of gas , groceries and everything in general. but if one gets by with it then others think they can too. i do realize it sucks but thats what the world has come too.

-- Posted by ksullivan555 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:45 PM

if you cant afford the gas prices, stay home, walk, ride a bike but dont steal it and make others suffer.

-- Posted by shanbilly on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 10:17 PM

Low on money;get everything you need all at once while in town and at the stores,stay home more,walk to where you need to go if it's not far,try to run errands with family,friends, or neighbors,car pool to work,etc.....than ya won't have to steal gas.I think depression is repeating it's self again instead of recession.

-- Posted by what_it's_worth on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 1:30 AM

Stealing 3 Gallons of gas gets you a class D felony. Hope it is worth it. it doesn't only effect gas stations, now we as tax payers have to pay to feed her while in jail. we are probly feeding her anyway, one way or another.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 6:09 AM

She was not "in the right" to steal gasoline because we all are feeling the hurt (except gas companies and their owners). This woman has committed a "D" Felony, but the gas companies are committing an "A" Felony of RAPE of our hard earning money.

-- Posted by Taxpayer5253 on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 6:53 AM

She was not "in the right" to steal gasoline because we all are feeling the hurt (except gas companies and their owners). This woman has committed a "D" Felony, but the gas companies are committing an "A" Felony of RAPE of our hard earning money.

-- Posted by Taxpayer5253 on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 6:53 AM

well i hate to say it but karma is a witch..isn't this the same lady that ran the crossfire grill a few years back and robbed everyone of there paychecks and started many a fight....its ironic isn't it..i say she deserves what she gets

-- Posted by marthas on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 8:01 AM

I know the price of gas hurts everyone but, she has been in trouble for many many years for bad checks and giving the wrong name so it would have ended up being a lot more had she written a check. For 3 gallons of gas she really didn't need gas that bad or maybe she thought that would get her to the next location. Maybe this will let people know what goes around comes around!!! Even in the little town of Brazil, Indiana.

-- Posted by Becki on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 8:23 AM

Write your senators and congressman,(yes you can do this!) Sitting around and belly aking about it will not do us anygood. We the people can make a difference if we choose to do so. There is a reason they( our senators, congressman, reps) where voted into office.To take care of and do the will of the american people, thats why we voted for them right?. So unless you make your voice heard and not just complaining to your friends, nothing will happen.A man at the United Nations said America will be taken over without a shot being fired, because the American people will not stand up for themselfs. Well stand up America and write and call your represenatives DO SOMETHING

-- Posted by SmallTown on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 8:35 AM

well as far as the whole write your senator statement, thats all well and good. But how many letters we write dosen't make a difference in this instance. the price of gas is based on the price the president pays for barrels and with them at an all time high, well our state reps don't really have much control of it..and as for not complainig well its still my country, and thats the wonderful thing about the constitution i don't have to write letters or make phone calls, i still have a right to voice my opinion. Dawn Smith, has been a thief for years wheter it be by not paying her employees, or stealing peoples right to the truth by lying continuosly. by stealing companies rights to the money they pay for there products. everyone of us is in a pinch becuase of the price of gas, but i don't see out stealing. and for what reason? what could she possibly do with 3 gallons of gas in a jeep wrangler?

-- Posted by marthas on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 1:32 PM

Well Martha you voice your opinion and sit by doing nothing,thats you right. I dont agree with stealing gas, im just saying people can make a difference and yes writing letters and what not can work. Remember theses folks want your vote.

-- Posted by SmallTown on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 2:45 PM

i hope she gets the book thrown at her! If i was going to drive off (which i wouldn't my wallet gets raped on a weekly basis just like everyone elses) but if i did it would sure be for more than 3 gallons of gas. What a yutz! Hope you enjoy the free meals, showers and new wardrobe at the expense of the clay county residents. I'm so sick of paying for deadbeats and for them to get off with a slap on the wrist. Throw the book directly at her head! She was a witch in school and to all the people she has hurt over the years....KARMA sure bites ya in the BUTT doesn't it!!!!

-- Posted by cheeziette on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 3:15 PM

Looking at the picture, it appears that this person did not expect to get caught.

Congratulations to Chris Blila for being able to recognize this woman and act promptly enough to catch her.


It might cost taxpayer dollars to make a point this time, but maybe if all the gas stations in town posted this story on the front doors of their establishments and on all the gas pumps...the next thief might think twice about stealing gas.

Put this statement in big red letters underneath it:


-- Posted by Cy on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 4:10 PM

taxpayer5253, rape is a strong word. you have a choice,Rape isn't a choice.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 7:03 PM

Shame on everyone who thought they just had to say something negative about this woman. Did it occur to anyone that she was trying to make ends meet? When I first saw her picture, it made tears come to my eyes. My first thought was, she needs to get to work to feed the kids etc...I do not know her and I do not feel that it is acceptable to commit a crime. However, sometimes it is necessary for survival. Look throughout history! She did not fill her tank. She was trying to get just enough to get by. Would you steal less than 3 gallons to feed your family?! I would. You would too. She was remorseful. We do not see tears in the eyes of the crackhead pictures people defend. It is either food or gas these days. She made a wise choice. If some of you would sell your SUV's, maybe we would not have this issue of so called supply and demand raising the price of gas.

-- Posted by yubantode on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 8:16 PM

yes it is Marthas and i was 1 of the victims that busted my butt off for her and she owes me 2 1/2 weeks of pay AND YUBANTODE dawn is crying cause she got caught and wants people to feel sorry for her when u rip people and companies off you get caught sooner or later. she has 1 son and i believe he lives with his dad. SHe could work but she likes sticking it to an honest person. Then brings on the tears when confronted OR CAUGHT IN THIS CASE. HOPE THEY THROW THE BOOK AT HER. You just dont do people wrong like she has.

-- Posted by pepsilady on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 10:29 PM

Youbantode take a look at the bright side..Dawn is going to be getting free room and board, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner courtesy of CCSD. It doesn't matter what the situation with her was, THEFT is not a justible solution! Look at it this way, let's pretend I need money for food for my family, I'm going to break into your house and steal your food out of you refridgerator. Your attitude about this would probably change if YOU were the one stolen from wouldn't it?

-- Posted by Pro Se on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 8:39 AM

haha, she did not steal gas to feed her kids. her son lives with his father becuase she is a lying, manipulative person.i know dawn very well and have been sucked into her tears and poor poor pitiful me schemes she crying for the attention people like you are giving her, she didn't steal out of need she stold out of greed, becuase she thought she could get away with it. thats what she does

-- Posted by marthas on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 8:49 AM

I have to say that the comments I have been reading is exactly why I won't move back to Brazil. Instead of commenting entirely on the story that was written, we have learned all of this girl's history from the posters. TMI.....that means too much information....the reason I will remain on the outside of Brazil :)

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 10:55 AM

Gingersnap..if you don't break the law, and end up in the paper for what you did, you won't have to worry about people posting about your past. ; )

-- Posted by Pro Se on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 11:53 AM

Gingersnap..if you don't break the law, and end up in the paper for what you did, you won't have to worry about people posting about your past. ; )

-- Posted by Pro Se on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 11:53 AM

Yes, this is true....but it's not like anyone keeps the flow from their mouths to themselves even if someone follows the law...HONESTLY, how can ANYONE ever grow into a better person if their past is always being thrown up in their face. Just a thought...it's just my opinion and we all have our own and that is mine ;)

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 3:37 PM

She was remorseful. YEA ! She got caught!

-- Posted by Sand mann on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 6:02 PM

Gingersnap you might not live in Brazil, but appears you still want to put your 2 cents in Brazil Times. She got caught and it's time for her to pay. PERIOD

-- Posted by Sand mann on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 6:13 PM

It's just too bad that the prices of fuel have gotten so high that people feel they have to steal & make it rough on all of us.

-- Posted by th1953 on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 7:57 PM


-- Posted by pepsilady on Sat, May 24, 2008, at 4:50 PM

Perhaps the most damning thing in all these comments about the woman stealing gas, is the lack of education exhibited by the posters through their incorrect punctuation, spelling and syntax.

-- Posted by flyingfish on Mon, May 26, 2008, at 11:06 AM

I will not comment on the type of person this woman is because I do not personally know her. What I will comment on is this, though the price of gas continuously rises not once have I concidered thieving it from anywhere. I see her in this picture with tears and looking remorsful but the fact remains that if she did not have enough gas in her vehicle she should have taken another option. Walk, ride a bike, or just plain stay home. My point is this woman had options and chose the path she took and for that she needs to be punished just like anyone else who chooses to take what they want regardless of others. How can we put on here that theiving is ok when the price of an item is beyond your means when we are trying to teach our youth that its wrong.

-- Posted by cinnamon0033 on Mon, May 26, 2008, at 12:06 PM

Haha.Its brazil are you guys really that suprised. Come on i mean most people in this little town know exactly who she is, and her previous actions. As much as it dissapoints me to say it, some people are just bad individuals, theres no need to say " i did this" or "she should do that" shes just an inconsiderate, manipulative, lying, bad person

-- Posted by marthas on Mon, May 26, 2008, at 12:34 PM

This is a little strange as i went along and read this post, that i have a sister who had the same experience with this woman when she was working for her as well, and never was paid for some work she had done while this lady was running the cross fire grill. Im sure by not paying the people she owed for the work they dont put financial stress on their families, but they must of made it some how, and I know my sister didnt go out and steal to make up for what she wasnt paid for by this woman. I guess she got here back and was in a hard time and no money and needed some gas. What about the people she didnt pay? What ive always been told is what goes around comes around. Maybe not in the same manner but one similar.

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Wed, May 28, 2008, at 1:20 AM

The shame in the whole thing is that people everywhere are starting to do this. It will only make it worse, the oil companies will start passing it along to the rest of us who actually pay for gas.

-- Posted by JustinH on Wed, May 28, 2008, at 10:39 AM

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