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Peru woman charged with Wabash burglary

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Two individuals were arrested for burglary over the weekend after the owner of Dreama’s Restaurant reported items stolen from her rental property.

Freda A. Patton, 60, of Peru, and Jamie R. Webb, 40, of Wabash, were arrested on charges of burglary after Dreama’s Restaurant owner Candice Coe reported items stolen from her home on 341 N. Allen St.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Officer Drew Bender with the Wabash Police Department, police responded to a call from Coe reporting two TVs, a PlayStation, a heater and a box of DVDs stolen from her home. She said she had a “disagreement” with a former employee a few days prior and cited suspicion that Patton and Webb may have something to do with the missing items.

Dreama’s Restaurant, located inside Knights Inn, closed down approximately two weeks ago, according to Knights Inn employees. Managerial staff at Knights Inn said the restaurant was shut down due to overdue bills.

When Coe talked to police, she said she owed Patton and Webb wages for the time they worked at Dreama’s. She said Patton came to her house between Feb. 19 and 20. She told her she didn’t have the money she owed her and that she’d have to file a claim.

While she was away, Patton and Webb allegedly came to her home and gained entry using a hidden spare key. They reportedly loaded the items into the back of a friend’s truck before taking them to an apartment on Stitt Street. Neighbors later told police they saw some individuals moving items to and from a U-Haul truck around 4:30 a.m. that day.

Police located the person who allegedly transported the goods for Patton and Webb, who was able to confirm that the stolen items were still in the apartment. A search warrant was approved and executed, and police were able to recover the stolen items.

According to police, Webb said the items were part of an agreed upon trade to compensate for wages Coe owed them. Coe said no such agreement existed. When authorities recovered the stolen items, Webb said they were planning to sell them to pay rent. 

Webb is being held on initial charges of burglary, a Level 5 felony, burglary of a dwelling resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 4 felony, and several drug-related misdemeanors.

Patton is being held on initial charges of burglary, a Level 5 felony, burglary of a dwelling resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 4 felony, a probation violation charge and a misdemeanor theft charge.