A warrant for the arrest of Devin Eugene Grounds, a 24-year-old man with a Bloomington address living on E. Shady Lane in Greene County, was issued on Jan. 11.
He's accused of getting into two different vehicles, stealing things from both, and pouring water in the gas tank of one of those -- a truck that belonged to a man who lives down the road from Grounds. The alleged incident took place on Christmas Eve.
Grounds was taken into custody and booked into the Greene County Jail around 3 a.m. Tuesday. His bond was set at $8,500.
At 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, during an initial hearing in Greene Superior Court, Grounds was charged with two counts of theft, both class D felonies, and one count of criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor.
Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Bobby Pierce started investigating the case when he and Deputy Jeff Brown responded at 1:35 a.m. on Dec. 24 to the residence of Travis D. Goad on E. Shady Lane.
According to Pierce's report, Goad said his pickup had been broken into, his lighter and a set of work keys were missing, the extension wires off his in-dash cigarette lighter had been cut and something had been poured into the gas tank.
Two friends were visiting Goad at the time and one of them, Dianna Ball, was the owner of a second vehicle that was parked at Goad's. Ball reported her car had been broken into and she was missing a purse containing bank cards, checkbooks, social security cards, birth certificates and a small amount of cash.
Officers learned that Grounds and Goad had not been getting along and the second visiting friend said he walked the road between Goad's and Grounds' houses and found a small gas can lying alongside the road. Pierce said it appeared to have water and a white substance inside.
Pierce went to Grounds' residence to speak with him. Grounds reportedly told the officer he and Goad did not get along because of issues to do with a female.
An affidavit prepared by Pierce states Grounds was in possession of a pair of tennis shoes that were wet and muddy, and the story he told did not add up.
Pierce said Grounds finally admitted to going to Goad's residence and pouring water in the gas tank, and getting into Ball's vehicle and taking the purse, but said he did not take any keys or lighter from Goad's vehicle.
The affidavit states Grounds went to Goad's residence with Pierce and showed the deputy where he threw the woman's purse. Pierce said it had been thrown into the edge of a woods and the contents had been scattered around it.