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Police: Man provides fake name after arrest

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A Muncie man used a fake name after he was arrested at a Greenwood store, police said.

Timothy Alexander Waller, 26, 1241 S. County Road 400E, was arrested Sunday but used someone else’s name and information when he was brought to the jail, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office jail commander Maj. Duane Burgess said.

Waller told jail staff that he was Jimmy Coates and gave them a fake birth date and address, Burgess said. He was arrested Sunday on three charges of theft and charges of battery, resisting arrest, false reporting and reckless possession of paraphernalia.

Greenwood police arrested Waller and another man after one man was robbed and another person reported a man tried to get into their vehicle along Main Street on Saturday. On Sunday, store security at Walmart in Greenwood told police a man tried to steal a BB gun, and he was arrested after going to another nearby store and trying to steal clothing, police said.

A woman called the jail with an anonymous tip that the man they arrested wasn’t Coates, Burgess said. Police compared the photo they took of Waller at the jail to an Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles photo of the real Coates, Burgess said.

Coates also lives in Muncie but has a different address than the one Waller gave when arrested, according to Bureau of Motor Vehicle records, Burgess said.

Criminal charges have been filed against Coates but will be dismissed, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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