Mayor, reserve officer solve theft of TV, garbage can
April 30, 2013 3:16PM
Updated: April 30, 2013 9:33PM
GARY -- Mayor Karen-Freeman Wilson and a Gary reserve officer played a role in the apprehension of an alleged thief who has been charged with stealing a woman’s computer and television set.
Darius D. Anderson, 19, of 1777 Garfield St., is wanted on a felony warrant for theft.
The mayor and reserve Anthony Edwards saw Anderson rolling a new, green, city garbage can near 4th Avenue and Hayes Street. Aware of complaints that the cans were being stolen, Freeman-Wilson asked Edwards to stop the man. Inside the can was a flat screen TV, which Anderson claimed belonged to a friend. Police seized the television and told Anderson that the owner could claim it with a receipt.
The victim, who lives in the 300 block of Hayes Street, reported a break-in at her home March 12. She told Detective Richard McClelland her TV and laptop were stolen and that the TV would have hand prints from a small child who visited her home and was touching the screen.
McClelland saw the handprints, and when Anderson was questioned, he could not explain why they were there, the probable cause affidavit states. Anderson said he bought the TV “from a friend,” who sold it for $20, garbage can included.