After signing for the delivery and taking possession of a television ordered from HH Gregg with a stolen credit card, deputies jumped out of the delivery van and took an unidentified woman into custody.
She was detained throughout Monday while officers questioned her about her involvement in the theft and use of a Clay City resident's purse from her vehicle that was parked at her home on Thursday, Sept. 4. Several items -- including credit cards, a driver's license, social security cards and a checkbook -- were missing from the purse when it was later discovered by authorities near the Clay/Greene County line on Lone Tree Road.
Officials are withholding her name to protect the integrity of the investigation.
According to a press release from the CCSD, the woman provided items reported stolen from the purse. She also provided information that helped officers perform another sting operation at an undisclosed Indianapolis Wal-Mart store, resulting in the arrest of Charles Jason Ault, 30, Indianapolis.
Ault is alleged to have stolen the purse and provided the credit cards and other items to the woman. Ault apparently entered into a pact with the woman, agreeing that she would use the credit cards to purchase as much as she could, then give the merchandise to Ault.
According to the woman's statement to officers, Ault was going to sell the items for cash and spilt the proceeds.
The woman, who has not been arrested as part of the CCSD investigation, is currently on parole for conviction of similar charges for Identity Theft and Forgery. Officials confirm that information is being forwarded to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office and the woman's parole officer in charge of her case, for further review and potential filing of charges.
During transport back to the Clay County Justice Center for booking, officers discovered Ault was in possession of a small baggie containing a white crystallized substance alleged to be methamphetamine, a separate baggie containing plant matter alleged to be marijuana and had personal identification items from other people who have reported their purses or personal items stolen within the past 15 years.
"Ault is wanted in other counties for various charges," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times. "He's currently wanted for an escape charge from a work-release program. He will leave to go to those counties to answer for those charges, but Ault will return here."
Facing preliminary felony charges of theft and possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor charges of unauthorized entry of motor vehicle, criminal trespass and possession of marijuana, jail officials confirm that Ault is currently incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed.