WARSAW — A Fort Wayne man was sentenced this morning, Dec. 8, for the theft of liquor from Meijer.
Carrington Jamall Hogue, 25, 4502 Monroe St., Fort Wayne, was charged with theft, a level 6 felony, after he and four others attempted to steal $1,000 of liquor from Meijer.
On Jan. 6, Warsaw Police responded to a theft in progress at the local Warsaw Meijer. Four individuals loaded numerous bottles of liquor into trash bags, leaving the scene in a black vehicle at a high rate of speed. A Warsaw officer saw the vehicle and followed it. The officer then observed that the vehicle had been abandoned at the intersection of Clark and Roosevelt Streets, Warsaw, with four individuals running away.
Officers then located three individuals, including Hogue, out of breath. Investigation found an active arrest warrant from Allen County for Hogue and he was arrested.
After meeting with store officials, police learned three males and a female entered the store with trash bags and loaded the bags with liquor. They then ran out of the store without paying. Store employees responded and the individuals left the bags full of liquor in the parking lot. The bags contained $1,647.05 of liquor.
Judge Jerry Barr made his sentencing quick, accepting Hogue’s guilty plea to count one theft, a level 6 felony, and sentencing Hogue to one year in jail. Barr suspended the sentence and gave Hogue one year probation and $300 in fees for counsel.
Should Hogue commit another crime and be asked to serve the suspended sentence, he will receive 62 days good time credit.