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Man charged with fraud and burglary

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com

A Wabash man is facing charges after investigators say he took a credit card from New Beginnings Ministries and an iPad from a nearby residence.

Court documents indicate Joshua Reed, 30, is currently facing charges of burglary as a Level 4 felony, burglary as a Level 5 felony, fraud as a Level 6 felony and resisting law enforcement as a Class A misdemeanor after allegedly taking the New Beginnings Ministries business credit card Nov. 25.

A probable cause affidavit filed by Wabash Police Department Sgt. Nick Brubaker states Reed had be run out of the church earlier in the day by a witness, who reportedly stated Reed would have been familiar with the church office. The witness reportedly stated he had seen Reed on the premises with a pillow case, which he dropped while running away.

Inside the pillow case was the church’s cash box containing a few dollars in change and two laptops belonging to the church, police reported. All items were reportedly located in the church office. The credit card had originally not been noticed as missing.

Later, the witness told officers he received a notification the card had been used at a gas station to buy a carton of cigarettes for $80.61. It was at that time the witness said Reed had taken an iPad from his residence as well.

Brubaker wrote that a second victim approached him during the investigation and said his cell phone was missing. Reed was suspected of taking the phone as well, and the second victim was able to track it to a residence on North Fisher Street.

Brubaker wrote when he arrived at the residence, the second victim allegedly threw a man, later identified as Reed, from the porch of the residence. Reed allegedly attempted to flee after Brubaker was helping him to his feet, and Brubaker wrote he was able to quickly catch and detain him.

Upon being detained, Reed showed Brubaker where he had hidden the iPad. A full carton of cigarettes was also found at the residence, according to police.

Reed was being held in the Wabash County Jail on a $20,000 surety and $250 cash bond. He has been scheduled for a jury trial Jan. 22, with a pretrial conference Jan. 7. Attorney Todd Whitehurst has been appointed as Reed’s counsel.