Indiana State Police Trooper William E. Brown had a little help when he arrested Jason Levesque, 22, and Catherine Robertson, 23, both from Bloomington, on preliminary theft charges Sunday evening.
Due to the pending legal case, employees asked to not be identified in this story but disclosed some details about their efforts to The Brazil Times.
At first, the employees at the County Junction were trying to help Levesque when his debit card wouldn't work at the ATM machine or the cash register to pay for $20 in gas.
"We have regular customers that sometimes run short or forget their wallets and we help them make arrangements to pay," one employee told The Times. "And we were trying to help him."
The cashier kept a watchful eye on him when he went out to talk to Robertson and alerted other employees when the couple drove off.
"I wouldn't recommend doing that to anyone," the employee said, admitting that it was a scary. "You don't know who you're dealing with."
At first, the employee thought it was a local person who was going home to get their money. But when the vehicle turned around in a local driveway and headed east on State Road 46 to Spencer, they said they knew that wasn't so.
The employee continued to follow the vehicle until the ISP trooper caught up with them and arrested the couple.
According to Clay County Justice Center officials, the probable cause affidavits were filed Wednesday and the couple remains incarcerated on separate cash bonds of $7,000 while awaiting formal court proceedings.
"I hate a thief," the employee said. "It might have only been $20, but it was the principle of the thing."