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Authorities arrest alleged suspect in identity theft ring

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

An Indianapolis woman received a "special delivery" from deputies at the Clay County Sheriff's Department earlier this week.

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.

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Keepin up the good work! Look investigation for theft leads to another drug arrest. Seems to me like the two are closely related. Good Job!

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 10:14 PM

CCSD gets the job done again ~ keep up the great work ~ CCSD is awesome !!

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 8:19 AM

GOOD JOB NOW i need my report pulled and find my stolen property

-- Posted by charcar on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 11:27 AM

Great Job Sheriff Heaton and crew!!! Another example of great leadership from Sheriff Heaton and Chief Deputy Gambill, and more hard work by their sheriff's deputies. Keep it up guys...we appreciate your toil and labor.

-- Posted by flycatcher on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 2:26 PM

I agree- great job; I disagree..no charges against the woman???? So what she helped in another sting. She's already on probation for similar charges. Let her off and she will be right back out doing it again. No wonder we have repeat offenders. We are sending the wrong message by letting someone repeat their offenses and do no time.

-- Posted by levr.gar on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 3:19 PM


I think maybe there was a little misunderstanding about what is going to happen to the female involved in this case. So far it seems that the alleged crimes that the female committed actually occurred in Marion County, not Clay County. The Clay County Deputies who investigated this case have sent their case reports to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office so they may be reviewed.

When a Deputy Sheriff investigates a crime of this nature in another jurisdiction it is common for them to have the local prosecutor or deputy prosecutor review the case before an arrest is made. Hopefully, the Marion County Prosecutor will decide to file charges in this case and issue an arrest warrant for her. Also, the Clay County Deputies have contacted the woman's Parole Officer and informed them of her alleged crimes. The Parole Officer will have the option of asking that her parole be revoked due to her involvement in this case.

The male was arrested immediately in this case because the Deputies were able to show that some of his alleged crimes (stealing the purse and credit cards) took place in Clay County. I know it may look different on first inspection, but rest assured that the Clay County Deputies are not letting this woman get away with this crime because she helped them. Despite her help, they are asking that she be charged for her part in this crime.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 9:57 PM

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