According to information provided by the Indiana State Police Department, Jeffery Daughtery, 30, Brazil, was taken into custody at his residence and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on an arrest warrant issued by Clay Superior Court.
Information provided by officials from the Clay County Sheriff's Department reported a local fire chief first brought the case to light.
The three class D felony theft charges stem from allegations Daughtery, who was not issued any equipment from a local volunteer fire department, wore a fire jacket when entering local stores to scam them out of merchandise by asking for purchases he supposedly made the day before, but left behind due to an emergency fire call.
On Oct. 28, Clay Superior Court issued a summons for Daughtery to appear in court at 9 a.m., Dec. 20, regarding the filing of a class A misdemeanor charge for conversion filed because of a separate investigation by Brazil City Police.
Conversion, what could be considered a fancy form of shoplifting, is defined as knowingly and unlawfully possessing another person or business's property by deception.
Officials confirmed Daughtery is currently incarcerated on a $10,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed) while awaiting formal court proceedings.
The Brazil Times will update this story as more information becomes available.