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5/7/2018 - Greensburg Man charged with Multiple Theft Charges and Resisting Law Enforcement
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On May 3rd at approximately 8:20 am, Decatur County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Rohr and Greensburg Police Department Lieutenant Joe Radcliff reported to Stacks Restaurant regarding a man stealing items from unlocked vehicles. There had reportedly been an altercation between victims and the suspect, identified as Joseph Weir, Jr. Deputy Rohr reported that he noticed a group of people going behind some trailers behind Stacks.
When he arrived, Deputy Rohr reported that a group of people had taken Weir to the ground. Deputy Rohr found a bottle of vodka in Weir's jacket sleeve. Deputy Rohr began to remove all items from Wier's pockets and placed them on the ground. A victim identified an item that had been taken from her car.
While attempting to place Weir in the police car, Weir reportedly "stiffed up" and pushed toward Deputy Rohr. Deputy Rohr gave a knee strike to Weir and placed him in the car. Weir was then transferred to a vehicle with a cage driven by Captain Blodgett. Weir was then transported to the Decatur County Jail. Further investigation showed that four cars had reportedly been broken into by Weir.
The owner of Stacks advised that he had video of Weir making entry into an employee's vehicle. In his report, Lieutenant Radcliff noted that the video showed Weir go to multiple vehicles to check for unlocked vehicles. He was observed gaining entry into a vehicle. Off duty Lebanon Police Officer Lecher reported that he was inside the restaurant and observed Weir checking vehicles and gaining entry into unlocked vehicles.
Joseph Weir, Jr., 20 of Greensburg, faces the following allegations: two counts of theft (both Level 6 felonies), resisting law enforcement (a Class A misdemeanor), and minor consuming (a Class C misdemeanor). He was charged in Superior Court on May 4th.
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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