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Staged Burglary, Stolen Cell Phone Reported at Hillsboro Business

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:33:30 CDT

Gold Mine Gaming in Hillsboro was the site of two separate incidents with both being reported to police early last Thursday morning.

At 6:43 a.m. on March 7, Hillsboro Police took a report of a burglary at the business on Main Street. Through video surveillance, police learned that an employee had entered the business and staged the scene to look like a burglary.

58-year-old Darla McDonald of Hillsboro was taken into custody on Friday for felony theft. According to Hillsboro Police Chief Randy Leetham, McDonald told police that she took the cash because she needed to pay rent. She also said she was going to gamble with the money, and she hoped to be able to pay it back.

At 7:45 a.m. on March 7, a man visited the police department to report a missing cell phone. The man said he had dropped the phone at Gold Mine Gaming.

The man had visited the business and was told by an employee that the cell phone must have been stolen during the burglary. The phone was eventually found and returned thanks to a smart phone app.

On Sunday, 41-year-old Jeremy Varner of Hillsboro was arrested for felony theft of the cell phone. Chief Leetham said they later learned that Varner had stolen items from a Hillsboro Police squad car weeks before while he was being transported for another situation. He was also charged for theft in that incident.


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