Police make second arrest in cashbox theft

June 5, 2015  

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Donald Javon Scaife, one of three family members sought by police in connection with the May 9 theft of a cash box from an Amazon location in Purdue University's Earhart Hall, was arrested Thursday (June 4) in Danville, Illinois.

His arrest represents the second joint effort between the Purdue and Danville police departments. Darlene Scaife, Donald Javon's sister, was arrested on May 27 there.

Purdue police are still searching for Donald Scaife, the father of the two. They are charged with conspiracy to commit theft, a Level 6 felony. The charge is punishable by six months to two-and-a-half years in prison, with an advisory sentence of one year. Arrest warrants were issued on May 22.

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Darlene Scaife was working at the Amazon site through a temporary employment agency when she reportedly complained of an upset stomach, said Purdue police detective Lt. Carrie Costello. She left her workstation, and her father then entered and took the cash box, according to police. The father and son fled in a vehicle driven by Donald Javon Scaife. The Amazon site was set up at the residence hall for students to sell their books at the end of the semester.

Anyone with information on Donald Scaife's whereabouts is asked to call Purdue police at 765-494-8221. The WeTip anonymous hotline, which is used by all Greater Lafayette law enforcement agencies, also is available at 1-800-78CRIME (1-800-782-7463).

The fact a person has been arrested or charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. 

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

Source: Carrie Costello, 765-494-8221, ckcostello@purdue.edu

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