Police: Thief leaves job application on counter before taking donation container

2013-01-17T14:30:00Z 2013-01-18T09:32:03Z Police: Thief leaves job application on counter before taking donation containerJohn Scheibel john.schiebel@nwi.com, (219) 548-4358 nwitimes.com

SOUTH HAVEN | Police said learning the name of the man who stole a donation container from the counter at a local supermarket was easy because he just had filled out a job application at the store — complete with his name, address and Social Security number.

Police are seeking a warrant to arrest the 23-year-old South Haven man.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Department was called about noon Tuesday to Al’s Supermarket, 392 W. U.S. 6, regarding the theft.

The store manager told police she noticed the donation container for Gabriel’s Horn homeless shelter missing from the desk at the store’s courtesy booth. The manager told police she watched security video and identified the man, who was a regular customer.

According to police, the man went into the store and asked for a job application. After filling out the application, he took it to the courtesy booth. At the time, there were no employees at the counter. The video shows the man leaving his completed application on the counter and taking the donation container, police said.

Police said the application includes his name, address, work history and Social Security number.

Police have forwarded the report to prosecutors and are seeking warrant to charge the man with felony theft.

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