WARSAW — Steven Paul Gasaway, 25, 5774 N. Second St., Warsaw, and Hannah Marie Brown, 23, 3 EMS B60D Lane, Warsaw, were arrested by police Friday, April 8, in the Oswego area, near Tippecanoe Lake, following a foot pursuit. They were arrested on warrants on multiple charges filed Feb. 19 in Kosciusko Superior Court 1.
Both were wanted on warrants for corrupt business influence, level 5 felonies, theft, level six felonies, attempted theft, class A misdemeanors; and three counts of theft, class A misdemeanors. Gasaway’s charges of attempted theft and three charges of theft, were enhanced to level 6 felonies due to a conviction in March, 2012 of an offense of conversion. The charges stem from seven different occasions of working as a team to steal $3,749.35 of merchandise from Wal-Mart and Radio Shack.
Gasaway was also wanted on a failure to appear warrant on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, class D felony, in Kosciusko Circuit Court. This charge originated in June 2012.
The affidavit of probable cause stated on Jan. 4, Warsaw Police responded to a theft at Wal-Mart Supercenter, Warsaw. Police were informed on Jan. 3, a male and female, later identified as Gasaway and Brown, entered the store, went to the electronics section and selected a 55-inch television. The television was placed in a shopping cart and while Brown distracted the door greeter, Gasaway pushed the cart out the door without paying.
On Jan. 25, Gasaway enterd the store and went to the electronics department and a short time later Brown entered the store and went to the same location. Gasaway loaded a 55-inch television into a cart and pushed it toward the front of the store. Again Brown attempted to divert the greeter’s attention, but was unable to do so. Gasaway then left the cart and television in the ladies apparel section and left the store.
Police were called to Radio Shack on Feb. 9, where the manager informed police Gasaway and Brown entered the store wishing to purchase a computer battery charge, but left without a purchase. After the couple left it was realized a battery charger box remained but the charger missing.
Police were called back to Wal-Mart on Feb. 12, to learn Gasaway and Brown were involved in a continuing scheme to steal items from the store. Through surveillance video, it was determined on Jan. 26, the pair stole a HP notebook and Acer computer, on Feb. 2, a HP computer was taken, on Feb. 4, a Hisense chrome book and Go Pro video camera were stolen and on Feb. 6, two Go Pro cameras were stolen.