Blanchester Police charged a man after they say items reported stolen were found in his car.
According to Police Chief Scott Reinbolt, at around 9 a.m. Tuesday police were called to the Advance Auto Parts store at 944 E. Cherry St. regarding a theft. He said the store manager told the responding officer that, on Monday, July 4, someone had stolen around $300 worth of tools and supplies from the store. The store manager added that a counterman who was working that day was able to describe a suspicious person who had been in the store while the July 4th parade was passing.
The description of the person matched that of Joseph Hagerman, 29, who was arrested during the afternoon of July 4 after overdosing at the Blanchester United Dairy Farmers store, Reinbolt said.
“Since Hagerman’s car was towed after his arrest on Monday, an officer went to the impound yard and looked inside the car, and saw several of the items reported stolen by Advance Auto,” Reinbolt said. “The vehicle was then searched, and around $250 worth of stolen tools and parts were recovered from inside.”
On Wednesday Blanchester Police charged Hagerman, whose last known address was with his mother in Clarksville — with five counts of receiving stolen property, all of which are misdemeanor offenses.
Hagerman is still in jail from his Monday arrest for alleged illegal possession of drug abuse instruments, “and will therefore be served the charges in jail,” Reinbolt said.