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June 14, 2007

Police arrest 2 on charges of materials theft

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University police on Wednesday (June 13) arrested two people following the theft of more than $1,200 worth of metal guardrail from the athletic department.

David A. Warlick, 46, 221 S. Ninth St., Apt. 5, and Lorri A. Cummings, 41, 2351 Indiana 25, No. 38, both of Lafayette, face preliminary theft charges, said Purdue police Lt. Fred Davis. Both were taken to the Tippecanoe County Jail, where they were being held in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

Davis said that around 2 p.m. Wednesday (June 13) approximately 500 pounds of metal guardrail was taken from a Purdue athletic department storage area on South River Road. A university employee contacted police and provided a description of the two suspects and their truck.

"Thanks to the employee's detailed description and the investigation by the Purdue officers, we were able to quickly apprehend the suspects in this case," Davis said.

According to reports, Warlick and Cummings allegedly sold approximately 500 pounds of metal guardrail to a local scrap metal business. Davis said the company had a record of the sale, including a copy of Warlick's driver's license and a license plate number from the truck.

Theft is a Class D felony and is punishable by up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Source: Lt. Fred Davis, (765) 494-8221

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