WINONA LAKE — A Warsaw man was arrested after flooding a residence and stealing two televisions.
Anthony Dale Rice, 35, 1931 La Vista Drive, Warsaw, is being charged with burglary, a level 4 felony; theft, a class A misdemeanor; sentence enhancement theft, a level 6 felony; and criminal mischief, a level 6 felony.
On May 3, officers with the Winona Lake Police Department responded to a burglary and theft report.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, a female subject left her residence around 1:30 a.m. May 3, and returned to find the side door to the garage had been forced open. In the residence, she found food items dumped all over the kitchen floor. The toilet had been plugged and the carpet was wet from water. Two televisions were stolen from the residence. The female found a size 7 woman’s shoe inside the residence that did not belong to her.
The female noticed the ceiling under the master bedroom was falling down and dripping with water. The main electrical breaker in the residence had been shut off. Officers estimated the damage done to the residence at $57,300.
Officers spoke with Michelle Shepherd, Rice’s girlfriend, who admitted she was inside the residence with Rice. She confirmed her shoe size and said one of her shoes was missing.
Officers also spoke with Rice, who admitted he stole two televisions from the residence. Rice retrieved one of the televisions and provided it to officers. The second television was sold to Cashland. Rice said he didn’t know why he and Shepherd flooded the residence.
Rice was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on July 23, with a $12,500 surety and cash bond. Shepherd currently has a warrant out for her arrest with the same charges as Rice.