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Chevron employee jailed for burglary of his own station

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By Lisa King

A service station employee has been arrested for burglarizing the Chevron Station where he worked.

Clint E. Vanover, 35, of Shelbyville, was spotted by Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Yeary entering the station located at 20 Mount Tabor Court after hours shortly before midnight, according to the police report.

Although the incident was worked by Shelbyville Police, Yeary made the initial discovery of the incident. He states in the report that he saw Vanover, who was wearing a hood pulled over his head, lying down on the floor in the deli area of the store, as if he was hiding.

Yeary said he ordered him to open the door. When Vanover opened the front door for the officer, he told Yeary that he worked at the station.

Yeary called the store manager to come over and verify that Vanover was an employee. When the manager, Marion Peach, arrived, she verified Vanover was an employee, but she said he was not supposed to be there after hours.

When the store's surveillance video was checked, it showed Vanover at the breaker box, and after that scene the video went dead, according to the report.

Vanover is lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center under a $5,000, 10 percent bond. He was arraigned Tuesday at Shelby District Court on a charge of third-degree burglary.

Shelbyville Police officer Istvan Kovacs said that Vanover was charged with burglary even though he didn't break into the store.

“He didn't have a chance to take anything, but he was still charged with burglary because he was there unlawfully with the intention to commit a crime,” Kovacssaid.