Tomaw charged with stealing PCYDC funds

Monday, March 29, 2021
Bob Tomaw

Having spent less than six months on the job, the former director of the Putnam County Youth Development Commission now stands accused of taking funds from the local non-profit.

Bob Tomaw was booked in the Putnam County Jail on Sunday on charges of Level 6 felony theft and Class A misdemeanor attempted theft.

The 43-year-old Greencastle man had already been charged with both crimes in Putnam Circuit Court when Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter filed charges on Tuesday, March 23.

Tomaw, who took over for the retiring Linda Merkel as director last July, is accused of having stolen more than $3,000 in PCYDC funds between Sept. 1 and Dec. 16.

According to the investigation by Det. Michael Featherling of the Indiana State Police, on Dec. 11 a PCYDC employee was looking for receipts, deposit slips and checks that were supposed to be in the downtown Greencastle office. When the employee checked the top drawer of Tomaw’s desk, she found an ATM withdrawal slip for $300.

Closing the drawer and leaving the receipt, the employee then sent Tomaw an email asking if he had any receipts, deposit slips or other documentation to turn in. He said he would take care of it during the weekend.

However, court records note that when the other employees returned to work, Tomaw’s desk was cleaned out.

At this point, the employee notified both PCYDC Board President Sherry Cash and CASA Director Patti Harmless of the suspicion.

Harmless then looked into bank records, noting eight different $300 ATM withdrawals totaling $2,400, as well as additional debit purchases at Walmart, Casey’s and Wendy’s totaling $948.81.

The total amount of money believed missing is $3,348.81, though Featherling noted the amount could be larger.

Featherling interviewed Tomaw on March 19, at which time the detective said he admitted to stealing “a large sum of money.” He estimated the total missing money to be somewhere between $1,500 and $2,500.

At this time, the detective said, Tomaw also admitted that he had a $100 check made out to Coats for Kids (PCYDC) that he tried to deposit in his personal bank account. The check was later returned due to insufficient funds.

Tomaw’s initial hearing in Putnam Circuit Court has been set for April 14.

With the investigation ongoing since December, Merkel was called out of retirement to serve as acting director of the PCYDC.

The Putnam County Youth Development Commission enables youths to participate and contribute to their community in positive ways through programs such as CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), Choices, Coats for Kids, National Night Out, Putnam County Teen Court and school-based Teen Court.

View 19 comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. Please note that those who post comments on this website may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.
  • So disappointing

    -- Posted by lisa3 on Mon, Mar 29, 2021, at 11:29 PM
  • We all make mistakes--some bigger than others.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Tue, Mar 30, 2021, at 7:47 AM
  • Knowingly doing something wrong is ot a mistake

    -- Posted by Keepyaguessin on Tue, Mar 30, 2021, at 8:11 AM
  • "we all make mistakes" - Yea we sure do, but this is not a mistake, he knew what he was doing, and he had every intention on doing it. He deserves everything coming his way. What a disgrace to society.

    -- Posted by momof2ingreencastle on Tue, Mar 30, 2021, at 8:31 AM
  • Another bit of wisdom from the all-knowing Don Antonio. When was the last time someone agreed with you? Think hard.

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Tue, Mar 30, 2021, at 8:59 AM
  • Stealing money is wrong all the time. Stealing money from agencies that benefit kids is wrong and disgusting.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Tue, Mar 30, 2021, at 1:00 PM
  • How many of you would like to be judged by the same standards you judge others? Everyone on this post likes to put the hammer to others mistakes. Whether a person steals or kills it is still a mistake committed by imperfect people.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Tue, Mar 30, 2021, at 4:01 PM
  • Don: we all remember your previous deleted comments. Your hypocrisy apparently knows no bounds.

    -- Posted by techphcy on Tue, Mar 30, 2021, at 4:09 PM
  • It was NOT a mistake. I do hate that he chose to take this path. But he knowingly knew it was wrong. A typo is a mistake. Pulling two different shoes from the closet while it's dark is a mistake. Putting an evolved to be mailed in the wrong slot can be a mistake. But knowingly trying to put someone elses check in your own account is not a mistake. Maybe the apple didnt fall far from the tree.

    -- Posted by Keepyaguessin on Tue, Mar 30, 2021, at 6:57 PM
  • The following definition of mistake is quoted from

    Webster's online dictionary, " a wrong judgment : misunderstanding. 2 : a wrong action or statement proceeding from faulty judgment, inadequate knowledge, or inattention".

    The main problem all of you have is being a bunch of sanctimonious hypocrites. You like pointing your finger at others faults but forget there are 3 more fingers pointed back at you.

    Now, get off of my back.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Tue, Mar 30, 2021, at 9:20 PM
  • *

    Man this pains me having to agree with Don but it's painfully clear that a majority of posters fail to understand the definition difference of the words "mistake" and "accident". What he made was a mistake however it was not an accident.

    A lapse of judgement / bad decision / criminal act can be a mistake even though you knowingly committed the action.

    For the people that don't comprehend this you're going to have a HARD time reconciling every bad decision you made as a teen or young adult as you're going to have to decide that you unknowingly made those errors if you still want to label them as mistakes.

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Tue, Mar 30, 2021, at 10:10 PM
  • It hurts to admit this, and hopefully, I'll never have to to do this again, but I'm going to spend my two cents and agree completely with RSOTS.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Tue, Mar 30, 2021, at 11:08 PM
  • I mean, $3000 dollars? Mess your life up for such a small sum ? I've seen this twice in my life.It was in youth league baseball and then softball. Both times when they put folks in charge that lived well beyond their means.I give props to the person who discovered it and took the extra effort to follow through. In both instances I was involved in, several people were actually worried that it might put a bad spot on the league and said maybe we should just let it go.

    -- Posted by latewithtacos on Wed, Mar 31, 2021, at 10:16 AM
  • I'm going to just say... Yes, we all make mistakes, usually mistakes aren't repeated over and over again until we are caught though (that's what I call a bad decision, criminals do it all the time).

    This man's actions were not mistakes. He knew fully what could or would happen if he were caught. He made decisions and he now has to reap the consequences of those decisions. If he truly did make a "mistake", he wouldn't deserve the consequences.

    It's time we stop making excuses for people or even ourselves, and start holding people and ourselves ACCOUNTABLE. A person will NEVER change if they don't accept and admit to the bad decisions they made and make the choice to change.

    He might choose to change, but how are we to know that those are his new intentions? How are we to ever put him in a position to trust him again? And why should we? He's proven he's untrustworthy. He did that to himself. THAT'S why I don't call what he did a mistake.

    -- Posted by momof2ingreencastle on Wed, Mar 31, 2021, at 11:21 AM
  • momof2ingreencastle is now the expert on the meaning of "mistake". Your writing is void of any compassion to another person.

    When you can walk on water let me know because I want to see that. Another sanctimonious hypocrite.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Wed, Mar 31, 2021, at 8:48 PM
  • Don, where was your compassion when you accused an accident victim of breaking the law and causing her own death? How many fingers were pointed back at you that day? Hypocrite.

    -- Posted by techphcy on Thu, Apr 1, 2021, at 12:00 AM
  • tehphcy--I never said she caused her own death. I was talking about distracted driving caused her death. Nor did I say she was breaking the law.

    The simple-minded people on this post is amazing.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Thu, Apr 1, 2021, at 6:15 AM
  • Stealing, repeatedly, over time. That is not someone making a mistake. Those are intentional, criminal acts. Let's stop coddling criminals. Lock them up and let the justice system do its intended job.

    -- Posted by FactswithoutBS on Thu, Apr 1, 2021, at 6:53 AM
  • I feel sympathy for his family. Yes he made a bad choice more than once.

    It’s like telling a lie, (we all have) you tell one it is easier to tell more till they stack and then crumble before you. Did you know God says all sins are the same in his eyes? A liar, a thief (stealing a pencil or a bank), killing, adultery (even thinking of it). They are all on the same level in God’s view. Sadly our earthly views are not like his.

    God says take the plank out of your own eye before you can remove the speck from another’s. (Matthew 7:5).

    Yes he did a criminal act and he will be punished for it. He never denied it when asked.

    My hope and prayer for him is that he realizes his wrong doings and asks for forgiveness not only from the courts but from God. That is more important than anything.

    I hope each of you understand that when you post negativity or hatred you are only making it worse.

    This is the weekend we celebrate that God sent his Son to die in the cross for your sins, Bob’s sins, my sins. We need to step back and think it out or talk it out loud before you post anything.

    Again my prayers will be for Bob and his family. I pray that they will have comfort and peace.

    I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend. Remember God loves each of you all the time.

    -- Posted by rebeccaarnold87 on Thu, Apr 1, 2021, at 8:18 AM
Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: