ISP: Man sold $100K in stolen goods to his uncle

Posted at 6:40 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 18:40:28-05

VERSAILLES, Ind. -- A 46-year-old man stole more than $100,000 in fuel, oil, washer fluid and antifreeze from his workplace and sold it to his uncle, according to Indiana State Police.

Steven D. Linville, of Osgood, Indiana, was arrested Monday on 34 felony counts: 17 counts of theft and 17 counts of making/delivering a false sales document, ISP said.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said Linville is believed to have committed the thefts over the course of about a year. Laughery Valley Ag Co-Op reported the crimes in November 2015; ISP Detective Kip Main tracked it to Linville, who was a Laughery Valley employee at the time of the thefts, the agency said.

Linville's uncle, Bob Linville, owns Bob’s Service Station in Osgood; Bob Linville is also a Ripley County commissioner.Wheeles said investigators are fairly confident Bob Linville didn't know he was purchasing items ISP now alleges were stolen.

ISP doesn't expect to make any more arrests in the case, Wheeles said.

Bob Linville referred questions to his attorney, who said he and his client would let the criminal charges against Steven Linville and a lawsuit filed by Laughery Valley against Bob's Service Station play out in court.

Steven Linville posted bond and was released from the Ripley County Jail shortly after his arrest; he'll soon be given an initial court appearance date in the Ripley County Circuit Court.