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Last updated on Friday, September 30, 2011
(LINTON) - A 29-year-old Jamie Dee Dyer, of Linton, appeared in Greene Superior Court Thursday after she allegedly stole items from the Cheapo Depot.
Dyer entered a not-guilty plea to theft, a class D felony, and a 2:30 p.m. pre-trial hearing was set for Nov. 14.
She posted $2,000 bond after the hearing Tuesday and was released from jail.
According to a probable affidavit filed by Linton City Police Officer Brock Garrison, officials at Cheapo Depot had posted a sidewalk yard sale in the newspaper and noted there were constraints on the items and when they could be taken free of charge from the store, located at 60 SE A Street.
Sue Lacer, an employee at the store, owned and operated by the Bibleway Church in Linton, had requested police to pay special attention to the area during the nighttime hours to prevent people from taking items early before the store was open to the general public, according to court records.
The free yard sale was conducted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 23-24.
When Officer Garrison arrived at the store site after midnight on Sept. 24, he saw Dyer inside of an area that was marked off with red tape that separated the items that were to be given away.
Dyer told police that she thought the items were free for the taking, so she was loading up a pickup.
"Ms. Dyer advised she saw the ad and thought it would be OK to take what she wanted," Garrison wrote in his probable cause affidavit.
Garrison talked to a witness, who observed Dyer from across the street rummaging through items for about 20 minutes. The witness said the suspect loaded clothes, paint and a television set into a truck that was registered to Dyer's neighbor, Lynn Martin.
Bibleway Church Pastor Steve Williams says the church did not pursue the criminal charges against Dyer.
The store employee was told by the police that the filing of the charges would be up to the county prosecutor's office.
He explained that the extra patrols requested at the store were the result of a break-in that occurred just before Labor Day.
The Cheapo Depot offers a variety of low-priced items, with profits funding the church's food bank and other community ministry outreach programs.
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