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Former service station worker sought

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a rural Bloomfield man who is accused of stealing cigarettes and food items from the rural southern Greene County service station where he formerly worked.

Greene Superior Court Judge Dena Martin approved the warrant Wednesday for the arrest of 48-year-old Thomas Lee Barrow, who was recently terminated at Hasler's Junction, located near the intersection of State Road 58 and U.S. 231.

He is charged with three counts of theft ---- each a class D felony.

Barrow formerly was a part-time clerk at the service station ---- working two days a week normally from 12:30 p.m. until closing time at 9 p.m.

Barrow was terminated on Monday after the theft allegations surfaced.

Indiana State Police Special Trooper Eric Nash, who investigated the case, said the store's video surveillance tape from three separate dates (Sept. 22, Sept. 23 and Sept. 28) was reviewed by store manager Tammy Vest and showed Barrow stealing a variety of store items.

The alleged thefts took place after the store was closed, and money counted and turned in for the night, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Nash.

"Tammy Vest showed me a video (from Sept. 28, 2012) that showed Thomas Barrow take what appeared to be two packs of cigarettes as well as pulling out a plastic grocery bag and walked around the store taking items and placing them in the bag," Nash wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

According to the probable cause affidavit, based on the videotape evidence, it was determined that Barrow allegedly stole the following items:

* Sept. 22 ---- two Hormel complete meals, two packs of cigarettes, pizza rolls, a 20-ounce soft drink, two candy bars and unknown items from the freezer with a combined estimated value of $30.

* Sept. 23 ---- Unknown items taken from under the cabinet at the cash register; two packs of cigarettes, one gallon of milk, two Hormel complete meals as well as unknown items from the freezer with an estimated value of $25.

* Sept. 28 ---- Two packs of cigarettes, two Hormel complete meals, two boxes of Little Debbie cakes, three or four candy bars, two pizza rolls, two pot pies and a burrito with an estimated value of $35.

When questioned by about the thefts, "Thomas Barrow indicated at first that he needed the food, but stopped in the middle of the word food. Thomas Barrow then indicated that it really didn't matter because either way he was going to go to jail," Nash wrote in the probable cause affidavit.


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Sounds like the guy was in need. He didnt clean the store out or take any money, give the poor guy a break or more hours.... If he had a couple kids he wouldnt even need to work since the government would give him a FREE ride. Thats whats wrong with america we dont help each other out so folks would have a chance to get on their feet. If i was the store owner i would definatly make him pay for cigarettes but i would give him a meal if he was in need. I too was once in need when a special person helped me get on my feet. I now am a very blessed. That person did not offer me a free ride but an oportunity. God will bless those who help others...

-- Posted by eagle26 on Fri, Oct 5, 2012, at 7:00 AM

Here is the problem, Tammy would have given him food if he needed it. I know she has loaned him money in the past when he needed it and I know that she would have helped him out in any way possible, but you don't steal from your job or give all your friends and their families everything out of the store, If it was free then it would be called a food pantry. He didn't go hungry it was just easy pickings so he thought. Guess he got away with it for a long time before getting caught. Eagle26 I know that he has been helped more than most people but he kinda thinks everyone owes him, He took advantage of his brother, his dad, and his aunt. That is to bad cause he is a pretty nice guy. We have all been in need at sometime or another but most of us didn't steal we asked for help.As far as more hours Tammy couldn't hardly get him to show up for 2 days and 3 days was just out of the question

he would either call in or want to leave in a couple of hours after getting there.

-- Posted by bloomfield51 on Fri, Oct 5, 2012, at 7:38 PM

I'm not sure where to start of course I'm not talking to anyone who is perfect you no never lied or took anything or at least wasn't

caught.Judge lest thee be judged.Must be a quiet day in greene county newspaper no pigs loose no cows running down main street,really folks you should be ashamed .Are you sure it was hormel or could it have been banquet.I'll say thank you in advance good thing its free would'nt pay for this.Bloomfield51 you need to get a life seems you know alot about other people, look in the mirror .and as far as family goes we will all stay together.If you do want to do something for him pray he gets help,we're all Gods children.

-- Posted by flyonthewall37 on Sat, Oct 6, 2012, at 4:32 PM

Seems like we have a society of people who think they are entitled and the rest of us need to pay for it

-- Posted by peanut338 on Sun, Oct 7, 2012, at 10:12 AM


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