By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Warsaw man was recently arrested for allegedly stealing a vehicle and breaking into a residence.
Fred Joseph Landolt III, 33, 2580 E. Wooster Road, Warsaw, is charged with burglary, a level 4 felony; theft, a level 6 felony; and theft, a class A misdemeanor.
On May 20, a Warsaw Police officer received a report about a 2015 Dodge Ram being stolen on May 19. The officer spoke with the Ram’s owner, who said he recently purchased the vehicle for over $19,000.
According to court documents, the vehicle’s owner said his cellphone was in the vehicle when it was stolen. He discovered through GPS tracking that his phone was in Columbia City. The Columbia City Police Department was contacted, with officers finding the Dodge Ram in the Columbia City Walmart parking lot.
Landolt was located inside the Dodge Ram and admitted to driving the vehicle from Warsaw to Columbia City. Upon searching the stolen vehicle, officers found tennis shoes, blankets, and $260 in U.S. currency, all of which were items stolen from a man’s residence.
Landolt admitted to entering a residence and stealing items, including keys to the Dodge Ram. Upon finding the cellphone in the Dodge Ram, Landolt threw the phone out the window while near a restaurant in Columbia City. Officers were able to find the cellphone.
Landolt was previously convicted of burglary in Kosciusko County in 2016.
For this case, Landolt was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on May 20, with a $30,250 surety and cash bond.