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Centralia Man Just Two Days Out of Prison Arrested for Felony Theft

November 11, 2016

Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 32-year-old Centralia man who was charged in Marion County Court on Thursday with a new felony theft offense just three days after being released from prison.

Centralia Police arrested Joshua Fleming of South Locust Street for theft of an electric bike that had been parked outside of Dan’s Meat Market by a customer on Wednesday. An employee of the store saw a person later identified as Fleming riding by on the bike later in the day. Police were called when the bike was left outside a home just south of the store. They confronted Fleming in the house and took him into custody.

Police later learned Fleming had sold the bike to another person for $10 and $30 in the synthetic drug K2. Reports indicate Fleming had not yet delivered the bike because his ankle bracelet that was part of his release from prison required him to be home by a certain time.

The bike was later returned to its owner, Paul Harwell of Centralia.

Fleming had the public defender appointed to represent him.

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