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Oolitic Man Facing New Charges
Updated February 23, 2015 5:22 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BEDFORD) - An Oolitic man found himself in trouble again with the law after he was arrested Friday morning.

34-year-old Steven Stroud, who is accused of stealing a Comcast truck in September, is now facing charges of unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle in commission of a crime, resisting arrest, public intoxication, escape from lawful detention, and synthetic identity deception.

Stroud was arrested Friday after Bedford Police officers were called to the 1500 block of 12th Street after an intoxicated man was causing a disturbance in the 1500 block of 12th Street.

In December, Stroud was arrested after he allegedly carjacked a vehicle from a woman at the Oolitic Dollar General on November 17. He was charged with armed robbery, auto theft and driving while his driver's license was suspended.

He is also accused of of stealing a Comcast bucket truck in September.

According to Former Sheriff Sam Craig, officers had requested a warrant for Stroud's arrest in the November 17 incident, but before that could be issued Stroud allegedly stole the Comcast truck.

According to Sheriff Craig, officers were called to the 500 block of West 9th Street in Oolitic at 9:41 a.m. November 20.
A Comcast employee told police there were working in the area when someone got into the service truck and took off. The workers were able to follow the stolen vehicle.

Officers from Lawrence County, the Indiana State Police and Greene County were alerted.

The vehicle was stopped by a Greene County deputy on Ind. 54 just east of Bloomfield. Lawrence County officers arrived a short time later.

Driving the vehicle was Stroud.

Stroud told officers they had no right to stop him because he was an employee with Comcast.

"That was not true," says Sheriff Craig at the time of the incident. "He kept telling the officer they shouldn't arrest him because he was working for Comcast."

Stroud, who police say smelled of alcohol, was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw. Those results are pending.
Stroud was arrested for robbery (which is also auto theft under the new state statues), driving while driver's license suspended with prior convictions, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment, OWI under the influence of a controlled substance.

Sheriff Craig also says that on November 17 Stroud stole a 2005 Chevrolet sedan from the Family Dollar Store in Oolitic.

Police were called to the store on just before 3 p.m. after a woman reported an unknown man had stolen her 2005 black Chevrolet sedan.

The owner of the vehicle told police she had been in the store to purchase items and was loading those items into the back of her sedan when all of a sudden the vehicle was in gear and she looked up and saw a man sitting in the driver's seat.

"The man told the woman to move out of the way or he would run over her," says Sheriff Sam Craig. "The woman moved and the man drove off with the vehicle."

Inside the vehicle were the items the woman purchased, her cell phone and purse.

Chief Deputy Mike Branham says the vehicle was recovered the next day a few blocks from the store in an alley. The woman's phone, purse, wallet, groceries and keys were still in the vehicle.



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