WARSAW — A man from the South Bend area is facing theft charges in two separate cases.
Corey Michael Dains, 36, with addresses listed in South Bend, and Mishawaka, is charged with two counts of theft, both level 6 felonies.
According to the first affidavit of probable cause, on Jan. 13, an officer with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office spoke with a man who said tools were stolen from his residence.
The man said that sometime between Jan. 3-13, someone stole a yellow Dewalt chop saw, a Bosch saw stand, three Bostich air staplers, a Dremel tool set, Crafstman MDL jigsaw and a Crafstman combo router. The items were valued at more than $750. The man told police he believed his son stole the items.
Later on, police received a call from the same man who said he was searching Craigslist and found a Craftsman combo router and a Dewalt chop saw that looked like his. The man drove to the address listed on the ad and purchased the router. He told police he has the original owner’s manual for the router and had written the serial number on the manual when he first purchased the router. Once he returned to his house, he was able to match the serial number written on the manual with the one on the router he had just purchased through Craigslist.
Police spoke with the man’s son, who admitted that his meth dealer, later identified as Dains, came to his house for payment and when he did not have the money, Dains took his father’s tools. The son was shown a six-person photo array that included Dains. The son identified Dains as his meth dealer and said he was the one who removed the tools.
Police also spoke with the owners of the residence where the man purchased the router advertised on Craigslist. They told police that Dains brought the tools to their residence and said he got a good deal on them. They said Dains asked them to post the items on Craigslist.
According to the second affidavit, on Feb. 27, a Warsaw Police officer discovered a stolen truck parked in an undisclosed location in Kosciusko County. The officer talked with a man at the residence, who said his father had purchased the truck from a man later identified as Dains.
The father said on Feb.26 a man by the name of Corey came to his residence and traded him for his truck, several firearms, a crossbow, ammunition, firearm accessories and $100 cash. Dains told the man he would return the following day with the title for the truck.
Police created an eight-person photo lineup and presented it to the man, who immediately pointed to Dains’ photo and said without a doubt that he was the one who made the trade with the stolen vehicle.
Dains was booked at the Kosciusko County Jail Nov. 21 on a $13,500 surety and cash bond.