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Warsaw man arrested in Eagles Lodge theft

September 09, 2011|By Jason Overholt (joverholt@wsbt.com)

Police say a Warsaw man has been charged with two felony counts of theft for funds taken from the local Eagles lodge, where he was the secretary.

Over two years police say Carl Eugene Rensberger took Eagles money for his personal use. That includes cash stolen cash from a private ATM at the lodge, located at 1400 West Center Street in Warsaw.

An audit showed over $25,000 was misappropriated by Rensberger, according to police. They say several incidents of personal use of funds were found in the audit.

One theft charge was for the Eagle’s business and operating account — with over $14,500 taken. The second charge was for money taken from the ATM — over $11,000. Eagles Lodge officials are also seeking $6,900 for the cost of the audit. The total loss for them is $32,480.

Rensberger was booked into Kosciusko County Jail Thursday on $5,000 bond. Police are investigating whether others were involved in the thefts or knew of them.

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Police say this is the third major employee theft investigated by Warsaw detectives in the past six months. The circulation manager of the Warsaw Times Union and the former executive director of the Kosciusko Board of Realtors have also been arrested in that time.

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