(LINTON) - William Langford is accused of stealing $15,000 cash from an employer who had "let him go" earlier in the day
Anna Rochelle of the Greene County Daily World reports that Langford is also accused of taking blank checks during his employment, forging the employer's signature and cashing them - the total of all checks in question amounts to $2,818.92.
Following an investigation by Linton Police Officer Nick Yingling, a case was filed against Langford on Feb. 13 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
LPD Officer Paul Clark, assisted by Officer Brock Garrison, Reserve Officer Jason Wilson and the Indiana State Police, went to Langford's residence on Roosevelt St. in Linton to serve the warrant early Saturday but they said Langford refused to come out. Officers then entered the residence and Langford was taken into custody and transported to the Greene County Jail.
Officer Yingling began investigating when the alleged theft of the cash was reported on Dec. 10. Michelle Henderson of Fast Freddie's Quick Lube reportedly said Langford had broken into her residence and taken $15,000 on Nov. 21.
Langford was employed by Henderson and on the day before Thanksgiving, there was an argument -- he wanted to be paid before the holiday but was refused. Langford was said to be infuriated, started yelling and screaming and at one point allegedly picked up a flower pot and threw it across the business parking lot and swung a fist and a kick at Henderson's truck. At the end of the day, Henderson fired Langford.
Henderson said that when she returned to her home after the business closed, Langford was there taking items out of her residence. She said he did not have permission to be in the house and she did not know how he got in, but he did have two keys made earlier in the day when he had gone to a hardware store to get a bolt for a vehicle. Langford said the keys were for his own residence. Henderson said the cash that was missing had been hidden in a clothes hamper.
During the course of the investigation, Henderson said Langford had earlier taken some of her checks and cashed them. She said he was confronted and agreed to pay the money back.
The checks were written for various amounts and cashed at various places including a bank and a grocery store.
When the officer spoke with another one of Langford's employers, he was told Langford's employment was terminated because he had taken a check and cashed it.
According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Officer Yingling, Langford was interviewed twice and admitted that he had taken the checks from Henderson's desk in the business and that he had cashed them -- he said he needed the money for his gambling problem and that he had made a deal with Henderson to pay the money back.
Langford was booked into jail where he's being held on $28,000 bond with ten percent cash allowed.
When he appears in Greene Circuit Court for an initial hearing, Langford will be charged with two counts of forgery, both class C felonies, and two counts of theft, both class D felonies.
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