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Employees take action to catch alleged theives

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Jason Levesque
The staff of one Clay County convenience store took action and helped track down alleged thieves.

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.

Catherine Robertson
While one cashier called authorities to report the incident, another employee jumped in their vehicle and followed the couple.

"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."

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Good job, mystery employee!

The sooner people start carrying their own weapons and fighting back, the better! Maybe these people weren't armed, but how is one to know?

I liked Terre Haute Police Departments' slogan from several years ago: FIGHT CRIME - SHOOT BACK...

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Thu, Jun 4, 2009, at 5:13 AM

Went to jail over $20 worth of gas. They should have more time tacked onto their sentences for being morons.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Jun 4, 2009, at 7:55 AM

I am going to go with Lee on this one. Maybe if we set up a system that states how dumb the crime is then the longer you get to sit in jail. I mean 20.00 how dumb.

-- Posted by time2growup on Thu, Jun 4, 2009, at 8:56 AM

Not only going to jail, but now $7000 to get them out for $20 in gas .. sad. I'd have given them the $20 if they needed it. I don't condone stealing .. Brazil has had its share of "thieves" lately ..

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jun 4, 2009, at 9:42 AM

All these gas stations bring this on themselves with all this gas theft! ITS CALLED PREPAY!!!!

-- Posted by WhyInBrazil on Fri, Jun 5, 2009, at 12:34 PM

Why in Brazil. I understand your thoughts on PRE PAY but When your filling up never know how much it will be. Plus the Junction for the most part is all regular customers. Not everyone is a thief & its kinda nice to do good old fashioned business

-- Posted by confused33 on Tue, Jun 9, 2009, at 9:22 AM

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