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11/14/2017 - Columbus Man charged with Theft and Identity Deception - Click here to print this information

On November 12th shortly before 1:00 pm, Greensburg Police Department Officer Brandon Meyer responded to a call from dispatch regarding a person attempting to leave Walmart with stolen property. It was also reported that the individual had a knife.

Officer Meyer stopped a man, later identified as Goliath Hogan, in the parking lot. Officer Meyer observed a knife in Hogan's front left pants pocket and instructed him to place the knife in his vehicle. Hogan told Officer Meyer that he did not have identification, but provided a name and date of birth later determined to be false.

Officer Casey Jones arrived on the scene and met with the store's asset protection officer. It was alleged that Hogan had worn a pair of blue jeans out of the store under his clothing. Hogan denied the accusation, but agreed to speak with officers. It was reported that Hogan then admitted taking the pants and voluntary removed them inside the asset protection office. When questioned, Hogan again provided false information regarding his name and date of birth.

Officer Meyer informed Hogan that he was pursuing theft charges and would be booked into the Decatur County Jail as an unknown individual. At that point, Hogan provided his real name and date of birth. Hogan then told Officer Meyer that he provided false information because he believed he had a warrant out of Bartholomew County. The warrant was confirmed and Hogan was transported to the Decatur County Jail.

Goliath Hogan, 38 of Columbus, faces allegations of:
-Synthetic identity deception (level 6 felony)
-Theft (class A misdemeanor)

Hogan was charged in Superior Court on November 13th.

Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Tom Flemming-WTRE News

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