Man arrested after theft SundayOfficers found subject crawling behind building
A Washington man was arrested Sunday evening after attempting to steal a shopping cart full of meat from the local Walmart and leading police on a hunt through a cornfield.
Kelvin Dawley, 22, of Washington, was arrested Sunday evening in the 2400 block of Highway 92 in Washington for robbery, simple assault, theft and public intoxication. His court record had no notice of his release. He is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond.
According to court records, at about 7:40 p.m. the Washington Police Department was dispatched to Walmart in reference to an individual who had attempted to steal a grocery cart full of meat. The subject had fled the scene and entered a cornfield west of the store.
Officers viewed the security tape, which showed a subject entering the store, obtaining a cart, and filling it with several packages of meat. The subject then attempted to leave the store. The assistant manager stopped the subject and asked to see a receipt. The subject told the assistant manager that a friend had the receipt in a car. The assistant manager asked the subject to obtain the receipt so he could review it. At this point, the record says, the subject began shoving the cart into the assistant manager. The assistant manager was nearly shoved completely from the door before recovering his footing and securing the cart. At that point, the subject grabbed as many packages of meat as possible and fled the store on foot, running into the parking lot and then to the west.
Washington County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of private individuals, located Dawley crawling on his hands and knees behind the former Pamida building in the 1700 block of East Washington Street. Dawley matched the physical description of the perpetrator, the report says. He was secured and a black knife was recovered from his front pants pocket.
The report said that after being read his rights, Dawley confessed to stealing the meat to “feed his family.” He said that the meat he left the scene with was in a cornfield west of WalMart. Officers detected an odor of alcohol on Dawley and saw his eyes were glassy, dazed and bloodshot. He admitted to drinking two bottles of a liqueur.
The total value of property stolen was $303.61.