On Dec. 2, Jeffery Daugherty, 30, was taken into custody at his Brazil residence and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on an arrest warrant issued for three counts of class D felony theft by Clay Superior Court.
According to charging information in the case file at the Clay County Courthouse, on Nov. 11-14, the state alleges Daugherty was involved in two incidents where he "exerted unauthorized control" over the property of a local gas station, including doughnuts and coffee, and sometime during Nov. 15- Dec. 1, the state alleges Daugherty "exerted unauthorized control" over the property of a local volunteer fire department, including bunker/turnout gear and other fire equipment.
Daugherty also faced a class A misdemeanor conversion charge filed because of a separate investigation by Brazil City Police in October.
According to the charging information in this case, on Oct. 21, the state alleges Daugherty "exerted unauthorized control" over the property of a local drug store, including batteries and a grooming shaver.
Daugherty was being held in the Clay County Justice Center on two separate consecutive bonds, a $5,000 cash bond (no 10 percent allowed) for the October incident and a $7,000 cash (no 10 percent allowed) for the incident in December.
On Monday, Daugherty (along with public defender Matthew Effner) appeared in Clay Superior Court for a bond reduction hearing.
Judge J. Blaine Akers ordered the bond amounts would remain the same. However, he allowed Daugherty to pay 10 percent on each bond, allowing them to run concurrent with each other, thus making the current total for his bonds $1,200.
Akers also provided an alternative solution, allowing Daugherty to take advantage of work release, if deemed eligible, while remaining incarcerated at the facility.
The investigation continues into other potential scams involving a firefighter using Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department turnout gear in several other counties, including Vigo County and a potential car theft from a dealership in Hendricks County.
Apparently Daugherty applied to become a volunteer firefighter with the department late last summer. As per department protocols, a basic background check was performed and Daugherty was placed on a nine-month probationary period to complete basic firefighter training.
However, according to department officials, Daugherty has not completed any level of training, nor was he officially issued any equipment from the department.
On Tuesday, jail officials confirmed to The Brazil Times Daugherty remains in custody at the facility while awaiting further court proceedings.