According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Curtis Deem, 36, and Katherine Davis, 39, were taken into custody after an investigation into reports of their involvement in various criminal activities throughout Clay County.
At approximately 6:40 p.m., Saturday, employees at Steel City/Gas City Truck Stop, located at the intersection of State Road 59 and State Road 42, reported a theft. Apparently a man, who was believed to be with his 11-year-old son, asked to see a power inverter locked inside a secure display case, and then requested to look at another item. When the employee turned away, the man left with the power inverter.
However, a female companion began yelling at the employee before the pickup sped off, allegedly leaving the young boy inside the store. The couple returned to Steel City and picked up the young boy a short time later.
The license plate of the vehicle matched that of another truck reported to E911 dispatchers allegedly involved in the theft of a tip jar from Eddie's Sandwich Shop, 13 S. Walnut St., Brazil, earlier in the day.
A short time later, the Clay City Police were able to locate and stop the vehicle and take Deem and Davis into custody. During a search of the vehicle driven by Deem, officers located an undisclosed amount of marijuana, paraphernalia and the stolen merchandise, which included a second power inverter reported stolen from Pilot Travel Center, 4376 N. State Road 59, Brazil, in a separate earlier incident.
Deem was arrested on preliminary charges of two counts of theft/receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and neglect of a dependent, while Davis was arrested on an arrest warrant issued from Vigo County for a probation violation and new preliminary local charges of theft/receiving stolen property and false informing.
Deem is currently awaiting formal court proceedings while incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed), while Davis was transported to the Vigo County Jail to await further court proceedings Monday.