Goshen cops cracking down on thefts from Dollar General

GOSHEN TWP. – Goshen police will be cracking down on thefts from the Dollar General in Beloit.

Due to the high volume of incidents at the business, including three on three consecutive days last week, the department will begin strict enforcement on violators, according to Cpl. Karl Balasz.

“[There will be] no more slaps on the wrist,” he said. “Any further thefts (from the store) and you will be taken to the justice center.”

The department responded to three separate incidents on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last week, leading to the arrest of one person and a warrant issued for a second.

According to police records, an officer responded to the business at 10:20 p.m. Oct. 22 where the store manager reported a male suspect, later identified as James W. Ludt Jr., 22, 27489 U.S. Route 62, Beloit, had entered the store, concealed a tracphone in the front of his pants and left without paying. When confronted by the manager, Ludt reportedly denied taking the item, went behind the door of a waiting vehicle then returned to show the manager he had nothing concealed under his shirt. He then left with two other individuals. A warrant has been issued for Ludt.

An officer returned 5:46 p.m. the next day after Tanya N. Sudimak, 21, 245 W. Oregon Ave., Sebring, allegedly filled her purse with merchandise then ran out of the store with two other women after showing the items to the clerk. The two other women were stopped by Sebring and Smith Township police, but Sudimak had jumped out of the vehicle prior to the traffic stop. She was apprehended hiding in the basement of a West Oregon Avenue home and charged.

An officer returned to the store at 5:18 p.m. Thursday where the store manager reported two regular customers stole a toothbrush, deodorant and shampoo, then left driving toward Sebring. The suspects have not been identified yet.