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Parole violations send convicted thief back to jail

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Drug use was one of three violations that have cost a convicted thief on a work-release program his freedom.

Robert Wayne Hiatt, 21, of 355 N. Jackson St., Hartsville, was placed in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $200,000 surety or $20,000 cash bond.

Hiatt was charged Sept. 1, 2011, with two Class D felony counts of theft. A week earlier, police had arrested Hiatt as he attempted to strip parts off a stranger’s car parked behind a house on Cottage Avenue. During his arrest, police found a cellphone that had been stolen from a convenience store employee one week earlier.

The Hartsville man accepted a plea agreement Dec. 21, 2012, that allowed him to plead guilty to one count of theft as a Class D felony. In exchange, the other theft charge was dropped.

Hiatt was ordered to serve 18 months with the Indiana Department of Correction on Jan. 17, 2013, but received a suspended sentence.

However, on Feb. 26 of this year, Hiatt admitted to his parole officer that he had been using methamphetamine, according to court documents.

In addition, Hiatt also failed to keep the parole officer updated on his whereabouts and didn’t show up as required March 3 for a work-release program, court documents state.

An arrest warrant was issued March 12, and Hiatt was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail at 3:11 p.m. Saturday.

David Nowak has been appointed as the public defender for Hiatt, who is expected to remain behind bars until his May 5 revocation hearing.

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