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Arrests Made In New Year's Day Liquor Store Burglary
Updated May 5, 2013 1:10 AM
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(BLOOMFIELD) - An ongoing investigation by the Bloomfield Police Department into the New Year's burglary of the Bloomfield Liquor Store has resulted in the arrest of two suspects.

Anna Rochelle, of the Greene County Daily World reports,in interviews with the two men, police learned that part of the items taken during the burglary was stashed in a snow bank, but when they returned to the area, they couldn't find it.

David James Weber, 19, Worthington, was taken into custody Monday and booked into the Greene County Jail where he's being held on a $14,500 surety or $1,450 cash bond.

Joseph Everet Sipes, 22, Bloomfield, was arrested Tuesday and booked in. He's also being held on $14,500 surety or $1,450 cash bond.

Bloomfield Town Marshal Ken Tharp responded to the store around 9 a.m. on New Year's Day after an employee discovered the break-in.

Tharp said the glass in the entrance door had been broken and a large sandstone rock was lying in the floor surrounded by shards of glass.

The store shared surveillance video with local law enforcement agencies in an attempt to identify suspects and on Saturday while BPD Deputy Marshal Marvin Holt and Reserve Deputy Jordan Allor were on patrol, they saw one of them (Sipes) walking near the area of the store.

Sipes was detained and questioned.

According to probable cause affidavits, Sipes admitted his involvement in the burglary and explained he and Weber had been drinking all evening but they ran out so they walked to the liquor store to get some more but it was closed.

The two allegedly grabbed a rock from behind the store, threw it at the door glass until it broke, crawled through, then took numerous bottles of alcoholic beverages, left the store and hid the items in a snow bank.

They're accused of going back in to the store a second time and taking more bottles of alcohol along with numerous cartons of cigarettes.

When they returned to the snow bank where the other items had been hidden, they were unable to locate the hiding spot.

Weber was also interviewed and according to the affidavit, told a similar story.
Both Weber and Sipes are facing the following charges: Burglary, a class C felony; theft, a class D felony; and criminal mischief involving defacing or destroying property, a class B misdemeanor.

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