Facebook was used to catch a suspect who stole nearly $40 worth of gasoline.

Union police said a man was seen stealing $39.36 worth of gas from a Fas-Trip gas station Monday, Aug. 6. He was described as wearing a blue tank top, gray sweatpants, and red shoes.

In a surveillance photo, the man was spotted in a blue Volvo. The photo was posted on Facebook by police and the man was identified.

A witness saw the suspect’s vehicle in Riverview Trailer Court. Officers responded to the area and placed the man under arrest.

The man was transported to the Union Police Department where he was booked and later released on a summons.

Drug Overdoses

Union police responded to multiple cases of possible drug overdoses during the week.

The first overdose was reported Monday, Aug. 6, at 5 p.m. Officers responded to the 300 block of East Springfield Road for a reported seizure.

Paramedics said the man may have been having an overdose and administered Narcan, a nasal spray that reverses the effects of overdoses.

Police said the man become responsive after the Narcan injection, but was still incoherent. He was taken to Mercy Hospital Washington for treatment.

A second overdose was reported Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Officers responded to the 800 block of Bonnie Drive for a 34-year-old man unconscious in the bathroom.

Police were able to wake up the man, but he refused medical treatment. The man had an active warrant for a probation violation out of Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and was placed under arrest.

The man was transported to Mercy Hospital Washington and later released to the Franklin County Jail on the warrant.

A third overdose was reported Wednesday, Aug. 8.

A person was reportedly overdosing in the 1000 block of Delmar Avenue. Prior to first responders’ arrival, the person was given Narcan by the reporting party.

The person was awake and alert when first responders showed up.


A man was arrested for suspected forgery.

Union police were contacted Tuesday, Aug. 7, about a possible forgery. A woman said her cousin had stolen her checks and tried to use them at a United Bank of Union location.

Later Tuesday, the United Bank of Union reported the same man was at a different location attempting to cash another check.

The man was placed under arrest for forgery.


Officers responded to the 4000 block of Highway A to investigate a possible burglary on Wednesday.

The victim stated that a screen was removed from one of his windows and was located in a bush near the residence.

The dead bolt of the back door was locked before he left and was unlocked when he arrived home.

The victim said the only items taken from the residence were food and drinks.

Frauds Reported

A Union woman reported to Union police a case of fraud Monday.

The woman told police she had discovered online a credit account had been opened in her name.

A second fraud case was reported Tuesday, Aug. 7. A man reported that he noticed a fraudulent transition in his bank account.

The man said his card was used in an online transaction at the Union Walmart. The transaction was for $96.51.

Police also are investigating a possible fraudulent procurement and use of a credit device.

A widow told police Wednesday she had received a credit card in the mail with her deceased spouse’s name on the card, ready to be activated. The woman later found out the card already had a charge on it in the approximate amount of $355.