Greenville police blotter

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March 24, 10:11 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Greenville Police Department, in reference to a found debit card. The complainant advised she located a debit card inside the ATM at Farmer State bank, 675 Wagner Avenue. Contact was made with the owner of the debit card, Joshua Whittaker. Whittaker retrieved the debit card from GPD on March 25, 2023.

March 26, 4:36 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a catalytic converter that was stolen off of a vehicle in the parking lot in the block of 800 Sater St. Upon my arrival, officers spoke with the complainant, Billy Hardy. Hardy advised he had let the victim, Zachary Baker, stored the parking lot on Sater St. for the last few days. Sometime between the morning of March 23, 2023 and the evening of March 25, 2023 an unknown subject cut off the catalytic converter to the vehicle and rummaged through it while it sat in the parking lot. Upon approach, they found the listed vehicle, a 2004 white Toyota, unlocked. Police soon found the vehicle had been unlocked at the time of the theft. They were unable to get in contact with the owner of the vehicle and have been unable to reach him after calling him several times. Police were told by his mother, April Baker, that she is the primary driver of the vehicle. She claimed she spoke to Baker and advised him that a roadside bag, change, and tools were taken from the vehicle. Baker had her tell me that all his tools have his initials “Z. B.” engraved into them. All the items taken belonged to Baker. He was also notified about the stolen catalytic converter. They were unable to get in contact with Baker to have him fill out a victim’s right form or statement. Officers checked the area and no cameras were located. Officers also told there were no cameras in the area. They checked the neighbors houses in the 700 block of Riffle Ave. but no one heard or witnessed anything. No suspects at this time.

March 27, 11:03 a.m.: Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Plum St in Greenville in reference to a welfare check on resident Caden Smith. Police had prior knowledge that Smith is a quadriplegic and relies on others for his care. They arrived on scene a short time later with Sgt Boyer. Officers knocked on the front door to the residence several times with no answer or noise. After several minutes of not getting an answer, police called the landlord, Robert Hartzell. Hartzell did not answer his phone and a voicemail was left. Police then contacted the complainant, Angie Perkins. Perkins works for Darke County Developmental Disabilities. She advised she received a call from Smith’s grandfather, Thomas Price. Price told Perkins that he has not seen Caden in a week and does not feel he is being changed or taken care of. Perkins advised Caden’s father, Joseph Smith is his caretaker but he does not have a guardian and makes his own decisions. After police were unable to get an answer at the residence, they cleared the scene and attempted to make contact with Joseph and Price by phone but did not get an answer. Sgt. Boyer then attempted to make contact with Caden’s brother at the Greenville High School. On March 27, 1:35 p.m. Sgt. Boyer and officers responded back down to Plum St in reference to this welfare check. Sgt Boyer continued to try to make contact by knocking on the door but there was still no answer. Officers were also dispatched to the same address on March 17, for a welfare check on Caden but no answer at the door or contact could be made. Please see Sgt. Boyer’s supplemental narrative for further.

March 28, 2:24 p.m.: While assigned as the SRO at the Greenville High School, police were approached by Clayton Westerbeck, Assistant Principal at the Greenville High School, about a student who may have a THC vape pen on his person. Westerbeck and police then walked to the classroom in which the student was in and pulled him out to speak with him. We brought him back to the office and asked him if he had anything on him. He immediately admitted to being in possession of the listed THC vape pen and pulled it out of his pocket. He handed the vape pen over to me, which was multicolored and had a marijuana leaf branded on it. He also admitted to me the vape pen contained THC and was his. Officers completed a misdemeanor citation for Marihuana Paraphernalia and issued the student his copy. Police placed the vape pen into the property room as evidence.