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Winamac Officer to Appear in Court on Theft Charge

A Winamac police officer who allegedly admitted to taking money from an evidence storage locker at the Winamac Police Department will have an initial hearing in Pulaski Circuit Court Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET.

Daymond Hartley, a Winamac officer on the night shift, allegedly admitted to Winamac Police Chief Michael Buchanan that he took $6,352 from the storage locker while working a shift during the last week of March. The money had been collected as evidence regarding a fatal accident involving Jamie Sheets of Winamac.

Hartley alleges that he took the money to help his mother who was in need of approximately $5,000 to have dental work completed to prevent a bacterial infection.

The case has been moved to Judge Michael Shurn’s Circuit Court as Superior Court Judge Pat Blankenship recused himself from the case. Judge Shurn was found to be qualified and will oversee Hartley’s initial hearing as the special judge in the case Thursday afternoon.

Hartley is facing one count of Theft as a Class D felony.