You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Police and fire

  • Noble seeks Kentucky rape suspect
    The Noble County Sheriff's Department said today it is asking for the public's help in locating a man wanted in Kentucky on rape, sodomy and sexual abuse charges.
  • Highway patrol plans sobriety checkpoint
    The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Van Wert and Paulding County sheriff's offices and the Scott Police Department, said today it plans to operate a sobriety checkpoint this week.
  • Fatal wrecks dot weekend in 3 area counties
    It was a deadly few days on area roads, with law enforcement and emergency responders dealing with fatal crashes in three northeast Indiana counties.
Advertisement

Cashier, 19, charged in Wal-Mart theft

– A Fort Wayne Wal-Mart employee was charged Friday with theft after he was accused of walking out of the store with all the money from that day’s sales at his register.

The investigation into 19-year-old Michael E. Ward Jr. started in late March when a manager at Wal-Mart pulled money from the checkout lanes and found Ward was not in his lane, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The manager then discovered the cash drawer in the register was empty.

In-store security footage showed Ward started work at 4 p.m. that day, and after he checked out several customers later in the evening, he turned off the checkout lane light, took all the money from the cash drawer and put it in one of two trash cans at the register, police said.

He then carried both trash cans near the time card clock, pulled the money bag from the trash can, clocked out and left the store through the front door, the report said.

Loss prevention told police there was $3,800 stolen from the drawer.

Police said they tried several times to interview Ward about the allegations, but he refused to return any phone messages.

Ward, of the 4700 block of Heatherwind Drive, was not in custody Friday evening, but a warrant was issued for his arrest.

cmeyers@jg.net

Advertisement