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Walmart theft suspect caught

by HEATHER ROTH hroth@indianagazette.net on January 20, 2012 1:45 AM

A Plumville man was charged Thursday with stealing two bank bags full of cash from Walmart in White Township, state police in Indiana reported.

Jesse James Vanhorne, 20, of Plumville, was arraigned before District Judge Guy Haberl on felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property, and placed in the Indiana County Jail on a $25,000 bail, according to reports.

Trooper John Matchik Jr. said this morning police received a tip Thursday afternoon that Vanhorne was staying in an apartment at Poets Village. Several troopers went to the apartment, where he was found in a bedroom and taken into custody without a struggle, he said.

Police reported Thursday morning that a suspect walked into Walmart around 12:05 a.m. wearing a white Aeropostale hooded sweatshirt with a black scarf wrapped around his face, obscuring it. He lingered in between shelves of books while a customer service manager counted the cash in the register drawers. When she placed the blue bank bags on the conveyer belt of one register, the man grabbed two and ran off with $2,600 in cash, police reported.

Matchik did not give details about the tip that led police to Vanhorne. After his arrest, Matchik said, Vanhorne confessed to the crime and cooperated with the investigation.

The clothing he wore in the store and the two bank bags were recovered, along with $613 of the $2,600 that was initially stolen, Matchik said.

Police also reported that he was found to be in possession of marijuana around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, after his arrest.

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