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Motel housekeeper allegedly stole TVs, guests' wallets
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:48 AM

A Riverside Inn, Greendale, housekeeper is facing multiple burglary and theft charges after she awoke two alleged victims in their room early Wednesday morning, June 25.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Greendale Police Sgt. Kevin Turner, a father and son staying at the Riverside Inn reported they were awakened when a woman was in their room.

The woman, later identified as Joyce J. David, 33, of 113 Scudder Circle, Apt. 7, Lawrenceburg, told the son, Kenneth D. Yochum, she was with housekeeping and was checking if he needed towels.

Yochum thought that strange and went to the front desk at the motel, while at the front desk he heard someone running down a hall upstairs, according to the court documents.

When he looked out the front door, he saw a woman running with a television. He yelled at the woman, and saw her put the television in a green Honda. The Honda took off, and the woman attempted to run away toward U.S. 50, but tripped and fell over a curb. She got back up, and took off toward Lawrenceburg.

Meanwhile, Yochum's father came to the front desk, and said his and his son's wallets were missing. The father and son described the suspect as a short black woman who was heavy set, with short hair. She was wearing a zip-up hooded sweatshirt. Police found a broken wine bottle near where the Honda had been parked, but the bottle had not been opened, according to the affidavit.

A GPD officer went to Circle K and asked if there a woman matching the description of the woman from Riverside Inn had been there. The clerk told the officer there had been a short black female in the store wearing a hoodie at about 1:30 a.m., asking to buy beer, according to the affidavit.

"The clerk said, the female was acting strange and the clerk thought that the female may have stolen something but could not be certain. The clerk stated that the female left in a green-colored Honda that was parked near the Subway side of the store. She stated that she made sure to note the vehicle due to the actions of the female,” according to the affidavit.

Police noted the Circle K had the same brand as the wine bottle found broken in the parking lot.

A manager at Riverside Inn told police she checked the hotel, and found flat screen TVs had been stolen from multiple rooms. Two Scepter TVs were missing from one room; one had still been in the box. TVs also were missing from four other rooms, and another room was occupied by the Yochums, according to the affidavit.

The manager told police the description from the Yochums matched a housekeeper, Joyce David.

A juvenile male on Scudder Circle told Turner a woman, “J” who lives in apartment 7, asked him to hold a flat screen TV until she picked it up after work, and gave him $6.

Surveillance video form the Circle K showed a woman matching Joyce David's description at the store, where she went to the back of the store, then to the front counter and put a bag of chips on the counter. The video also shows David clutching her left leg “in a manner that one would do to keep an object from falling out. She left the store with the chips without paying for them while the clerk was distracted, according to Turner's affidavit.

Turner, along with other Greendale police and Lawrenceburg police, went to David's apartment at about 11:25 a.m. Wednesday morning.

In the affidavit, Turner reported seeing a Riverside key marked housekeeping B next to a cell phone on a lawn chair on the porch. The key had mud on it. David came to the door, picked up the phone and sat on the key.

Police asked David to go to the police station with them, and she refused. She was read her Miranda rights, and agreed to answer questions at her apartment. She told police she did not take TVs from the Riverside Inn.

She invited officers to search her apartment, and Turner wrote in the affidavit there was a gray hooded sweatshirt with mud on it in a chair. Police arrested David at that point.

In an interview with Greendale Police Sgt. Kendle Davis, David told him she “stole a bottle of wine from Circle K, … denied stealing any TVs.”

Acting on a tip, police said two televisions were found behind a wall on Scudder Drive at about 5 p.m. Wednesday and a resident took them into his house and called police.

David is charged with two counts of burglary of a dwelling, class B felonies; four counts of burglary, class C felonies; and seven counts of theft, class D felonies.

While some of the allegedly stolen property has been located, some has not been. Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Sgt. Kevin Turner of Greendale Police at 812-537-1321.

Assisting in the investigation were Lawrenceburg Police Department officers Lt. Miller and Morehead, Aurora K-9 Officer T.J. Pendergast, Indiana State Police Evidence Technician Rob Ewing, and Greendale officers Pam Taylor, Sgt. Kendle Davis, and Scott Schnebelt.  Riverside Inn and Circle K were very proactive in providing information to help solve this case, said police.

Last Updated on Monday, June 30, 2014 4:20 PM