The Ottumwa Courier

October 31, 2012

Plea reached in TNA belt theft

Courier Staff Writer

OTTUMWA — One of the two men charged with stealing TNA belts in August has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Joel Ryan Luke, 33, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree theft and was sentenced to two years probation and fines during his arraignment last week.

The Heavyweight World Championship Belt, valued at $6,000, as well as a replica, valued at $400, were taken during a TNA Impact Wrestling event on Aug. 18 at Bridge View Center.

Following an investigation into the theft, Luke was arrested and charged with second-degree theft.

Police later took Forrest Courtney Jamison, 39, into custody, and charged him with accessory to a felony in connection with the theft of the belts.

Jamison’s arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday.

Both Luke and Jamison originally pleaded not guilty to their respective charges.