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.