The Bloomingtonian

Police and Crime Briefs – January 4, 2021

Stolen car, and dog, recovered Sunday

Police recovered a stolen gold Honda passenger car Sunday and a dog after the car was reported stolen Saturday evening, according to Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo.

A person who is experiencing homelessness told police they had let another person, also experiencing homelessness, sit in the car to warm up, but the person had allowed a friend to drive off in the car. A pet beagle/pitbull mix dog was also in the car at the time.

The car’s owner told police they did not know the actual name of the person who took the car. The person goes by a street name rather than their real name.

Sunday afternoon the Bloomington police located a gold Honda parked in the 1000 block of S. Walnut Street with a dog inside. The key was missing from the car, but the owner was able to get a spare key, and get the car, according to Pedigo.

Man caught stealing tires

Police responded to the Curry Buick in the 2900 block of E. Buick Cadillac Blvd., Saturday after a caller reported seeing a man stealing the tires from a van, according to Bloomington Police Capt. Ryan Pedigo.

The caller reported seeing a man stealing tires from a 2008 Chevy Uplander van parked behind the car dealership around 8 p.m. The person had placed cinder blocks under the van as they took the tires and rims from the vehicle.

As officers arrived, the suspect fled, but officers began to search in a nearby wooded area and heard sticks breaking as the suspect looked for a place to hide. However, the suspect, who was wearing green camo clothing, was soon found lying in a ditch where he was holding a lug nut tool and a vehicle jack.

Officers took the 27-year-old man into custody, and he’s facing the charges of criminal mischief and theft. When the man removed the tires and left the vehicle on cinder blocks, the brake rotors were damaged, which is why he’s being charged with criminal mischief, according to Pedigo.

The van belongs to a 73-year-old woman who works at the dealership. Police said the man who is accused of stealing the tires is experiencing homelessness, and another van belonging to him was found parked nearby.

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