The Bloomingtonian

Police and Crime Briefs – December 27, 2021

Budget truck stolen in Bloomington recovered Monday in Lebanon, Indiana

A 26-foot long Budget rental truck reported stolen on Christmas Eve was recovered Monday, according to Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo.

The rental 2017 International box truck disappeared between 6 p.m. on December 23, and 8 a.m. on the 24th. The keys were not in the truck, but shattered glass was found where the vehicle was parked.

The truck was tracked by a GPS locating device to a fuel stop in Lebanon, Indiana Monday, and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office found the truck parked with nobody inside. The passenger side window was bent outward, and objects were stuffed into the ignition. The truck had no other damage.

Deputies talked to several truck drivers at the fuel stop, but they hadn’t seen anybody around the box truck. The truck was towed to a lot, and will be returned to Budget.

There are no suspects in the theft.

Intoxicated man arrested Monday after Big Red refuses to sell him alcohol

After workers refused to sell alcohol to a man who appeared highly intoxicated the man told workers at the liquor store he is a police officer and he was armed with a gun, according to Capt. Pedigo.

The police were called after the man left the business just after 11 a.m. Monday, but he was later found.

An employee explained the incident to police, and where the man was last seen after leaving the Big Red in the 2400 block of S. Walnut Street. Police found the man walking south near an intersection of S. Walnut St., and S. Winslow Road.

When officers approached the man he fell to his knees, and rolled into a ditch. Officers told the man to get out of the ditch, but he was so intoxicated officers has to assist him out of the ditch. The man was placed under arrest for public intoxication, but left in the custody of IU Health Bloomington due to the level.

Pedigo said the 49-year-old man didn’t display a weapon, and his claim to be a police officer didn’t meet the statue to be charged with officer impersonation.

Police arrest man with over 12 ounces of methamphetamine

Police arrested a 51-year-old transient man in possession of 14.82 ounces of meth Monday, according to Capt. Pedigo.

Around 7:45 Monday the Bloomington Police Department located a man in the 2600 block of S. Henderson with outstanding warrants for possession of 10 or more grams of meth and being a habitual offender. Police pulled over the man, who was driving a Nissan Pathfinder, near a storage unit business.

When officers converged on the vehicle, the man dropped his hands out of sight, and made what officers described as “furtive movements,” before he was told to put his hands in the air. Police took the man into custody, but located a brown zip up bag near the vehicle, which contained a digital scale, small zip loc bags, and 8.2 ounces of a crystal-like substance believed to be meth.

While searching the man, police found another 6.2 ounces of a substance in his jacket also believed to be meth. The man was taken to the Monroe County Jail, and will be charged with manufacturing/dealing meth, which is a level 2 felony.

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