WARSAW — A Warsaw man was recently arrested after police say he stole merchandise from a local store. While searching his person, police also found methamphetamine and paraphernalia.
David Lee Hyde, 52, 665 W. Jefferson St., Warsaw, is being charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony; theft, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.
On Nov. 26, an officer with the Warsaw Police Department responded to a theft call at Big R. Employees told the officer that Hyde had set off the alarm when exiting the store. According to the employees, Hyde was asked to come back into the store. He did so and went into the restroom in the back of the store.
The officer located Hyde and asked him if he had anything on his person. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Hyde started emptying his pockets of merchandise with tags still on them. After the officer handcuffed Hyde, the officer also discovered a glass smoking device, a bag of methamphetamine, a bag of marijuana and additional merchandise on his person.
In total, Hyde had ten pieces of merchandise on his person, with a total value of $138.54.
Hyde was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on Nov. 26. He has an initial hearing scheduled for Dec. 14.