Warrant issued for man accused of spending somebody else’s cash on himself

A warrant was issued this morning for the arrest of a Linton man hired to help load up scrap metal to sell. He’s accused of helping himself to the cash payment for the sale.

William Q. Dicus, 24, Linton, is wanted on a preliminary charge of theft, a Class A misdemeanor.

Detective Shawn Cullison of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating this case.

The detective talked to a couple who said Dicus was hired for $20 a day to help load up some scrap metal from the couple’s property located in Sullivan County. They said J&M Salvage, located south of Worthington, then came to their residence and picked up the scrap metal in mid-July.

They alleged that afterwards, Dicus went to J&M and picked up their cash payment. They had obtained a copy of the receipt issued by J&M that showed Dicus had signed for the cash. As evidence, they provided Cullison with a copy of the receipt which did show Dicus had signed for $322.80.

According to Det. Cullison, the couple said they did not give Dicus permission to go pick up the money and they did not give him the money.

Det. Cullison reported than when he interviewed Dicus at the sheriff’s department, Dicus said he did help load the metal and he admitted he did go get the cash. Dicus allegedly said he was going to give it to the man, but he used it to buy household items for himself and his girlfriend instead.

Cullison noted that Dicus has a previous conviction for theft. He was convicted of auto theft in Knox County in March of 2017.

A case was filed against Dicus in early August and a summons was sent to him ordering him to appear in Greene Superior Court for an initial hearing yesterday, Thursday, September 13. The summons was returned to the court as undeliverable and unable to be forwarded.

Dicus was a no-show at the hearing and the judge ordered a warrant be issued.