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RPD picks up prisoner on early release for shoplifting

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Freed by House Bill 463, man accused of taking 41 videos

By Sarah Bennett

Eight days after he was released from jail as part of the state’s new mandatory re-entry supervision program, Radcliff Police Department arrested Gary M. Scheese on Wednesday on a shoplifting charge.

Scheese, 38, was serving time in the Boyle County Jail for third-degree burglary and first-degree wanton endangerment when he received early release last Tuesday, according to the Department of Corrections. He was one of 918 prisoners who were released that day as a portion of House Bill 463 went into effect.

RPD spokesman Bryce Shumate said Scheese was arrested after he took 41 DVDs from the Blockbuster at 155 E. Lincoln Trail Blvd. Shumate said the estimated value of the DVDs is $450.

A 911 call was placed around 6:22 p.m., but Scheese fled the scene on foot prior to police arrival, he said.

RPD later apprehended Scheese just before 8 p.m. in front of 422 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd., Shumate said.

Upon arrest, Scheese told officers he was released on mandatory re-entry supervision, Shumate said. Police were able to take him into custody because eyewitnesses were able to identify him.

“Thank goodness we had good witnesses,” he said.

Scheese is charged with theft by unlawful taking — shoplifting, which is a misdemeanor offense. He was lodged Thursday afternoon at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $500 cash bond.

All prisoners released last week would have completed their sentences in 2012, said Todd Henson, DOC public information officer. Instead, they were released prior to completion of their sentences and placed under the supervision of the Department of Probation and Parole.

At the time of release, Scheese did not provide the DOC with a planned residence, but the police citation lists a Leitchfield address as his current residence.

Henson said the charge would not revoke probation pending the outcome of court proceedings.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.