Daily Journal staff reports
Police have arrested a man who they said robbed a Greenwood convenience store last month.
Kevin Delaney, 35, 138 Irma St., Bargersville, was arrested on a charge of robbery and also had a Marion County warrant out for his arrest.
Police received a tip that Delaney had robbed the Village Pantry, 99 S. Madison Ave., on March 19 just after midnight. The man who robbed the store had threatened to kill the clerk and then made him lay on the ground and count to 30 when he left.
Investigators looked at Delaney’s photos on file with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and with law enforcement. Police also found out that Delaney’s girlfriend drives a white sport utility vehicle, which matched the description of a vehicle witnesses saw in the area around the time of the robbery, according to the police report.
Delaney told Greenwood police officers that he took $89 from the store and gave the money to his girlfriend to purchase baby formula, but told her he won money from a game of poker, according to the police report. He also told police he had started using drugs again after being clean for a long time, according to the police report.
Greenwood police officers also interviewed Delaney’s girlfriend, who said that she recognized him in surveillance photos immediately. Delaney had wrapped a child’s jacket around his head, which helped his girlfriend recognize him. The jacket was kept in her vehicle in case her daughter needed a coat, the report said.
Delaney was taken to the Johnson County jail and is being held on $3,300 bond.
Officials investigate credit card fraud
Police are looking for two men that they said used a Johnson County man’s membership card to get into multiple stores and spend thousands of dollars.
A Johnson County man reported that his credit card was used to buy $600 in prepaid gift cards at Sam’s Club in Indianapolis in January, according to a Crime Stoppers news release.
Investigators found that man’s membership card had been used multiple times and that purchases totaled more than $14,000 at multiple Sam’s Club stores, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Alex Talley said.
The purchases were not all on the man’s credit card, he said. Police said the men likely used multiple credit or debit cards and that there were multiple victims, Talley said.
Investigators are working with police throughout central Indiana who have had similar cases, Talley said.
Police check reports of phony tax returns
Two Center Grove area residents reported that they went to file their tax returns and found out someone else had gotten to it before them.
Police are investigating both reports. In one case, the Internal Revenue Service noticed the issue and stopped the return from processing. In another, someone else already had filed for the resident’s $2,600 return, according to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Police are starting to get more of these reports as tax-filing season is coming to an end, Sheriff Doug Cox said.
The issue stems from identity theft, and police could begin hearing about more of these cases due to information stolen during the hack of Anthem’s data, he said.
One of the residents whose returns were taken told police he had gotten a letter from Anthem that his information may have been obtained, the report said.
The other resident received a letter from the IRS, asking her to confirm her identity. When she called, she was told someone had tried to file tax returns in both her name and her husband’s. She was told by the company helping Anthem with personal information security to report the incident to police and keep a copy to file with her tax return, the report said.