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Arrest made in co-op case

Indiana State Police arrested Steven D. Linville, 46, Osgood, on 17 counts of theft and 17 counts of making/delivering a false sales document at his home early Monday morning.

Pictured left is Steve D. Linville.

The state police investigation, led by Detective Kip Main, began in November, 2015 when the Laughery Valley Ag Co-Op, reported a theft.  The investigation led to charges being filed Friday in Ripley County Circuit Court against Linville, who was a Laughery Valley Ag Co-Op employee when the crimes occurred. Linville allegedly stole in excess of $100,000 in fuel, oil, washer fluid, and antifreeze from his employer over a period of a year.  Linville then allegedly sold the stolen items to Bob’s Service Station in Osgood.  Bob’s Service Station is owned by Linville’s uncle, Bob Linville, who is an elected Ripley County Commissioner.  An arrest warrant was issued for Steven Linville out of the Ripley County Superior Court Monday morning. The theft and forgery charges are level 6 felonies. Linville was transported to the Ripley County Jail where he soon bonded out after posting the bond which was set at $1,050.  No further charges and no further arrests are expected in this case at this time, according to the state police. Linville will soon be given an initial court appearance date in the Ripley County Circuit Court.

Prosecutor named

In a related case, a special prosecutor has been named in the Bob Linville investigation. David Thomas, a former Clay County prosecutor, was named by Judge Jeff Sharp Wednesday. Thomas currently lives in Franklin County. Prosecutor Ric Hertel had filed the motion for a special prosecutor in the case due to a conflict since Bob Linville is a county commissioner. The commissioners set policy over county government offices, including the prosecutor’s office. State police are investigating the case.

Find these stories and more in The Versailles Republican dated Feb. 4, 2016.

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