Alleged Burglar Caught After Awakening Hotel Guests

Posted On June 26, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Joyce J. David Dearborn County Sheriff's Department

Joyce J. David
Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department

(Greendale, Ind.) – When an alleged burglar awoke two hotel guests, she tried to improvise and told them she was a housekeeper.

The victims didn’t buy it.

Greendale Police were called to investigate a report of a theft at Riverside Inn, 515 E. Eads Parkway, at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Sgt. Kevin Turner.

Officers were told by a hotel guest that he and his father were staying in a room at the hotel. The victim claimed that he awoke to find a woman standing in his room.

“When he asked what she was doing there, she told him she was housekeeping and seeing if they needed towels,” said Turner.

The victim told the woman to leave. He later saw her running from the hotel with a flat screen television.

The guests noticed that their wallets were missing. Officers would later learn that five more televisions had been taken from the hotel. Some of the property has been recovered, but more is outstanding, Turner said.

Officers identified the thief as Joyce J. David, 33, of Lawrenceburg. She was also connected to a shoplifting case at the Shell-Circle K in Greendale earlier that same morning or night.

David was arrested and charged with multiple counts of Burglary (Class B and Class C felonies) and Theft (Class D felonies). She is held in jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center awaiting her initial appearance in court.

“Riverside Inn and Circle K were very proactive in providing information to help solve this case,” said Turner.

Greendale Police were assisted in the investigation by Lawrenceburg Police, Aurora Police K-9 officers, and Indiana State Police.