Transient man arrested after car stolen during towing company burglary on Christmas

Image from surveillance camera courtesy of Stryker Towing

Police arrested a 44-year-old man suspected of burglarizing Stryker Towing on Christmas day, according to the Bloomington Police Department.

The suspect, who is unhoused, picked up a 4×4 inch board, and smashed a window at Stryker Towing in the 1700 block of South Walnut around 5:40 p.m. on Christmas Day, according to the Bloomington Police Department. The suspect then entered the business through the window, broke into a cash drawer, took a music playing device, and stole 2014 Chevrolet Cruz

The business owner told the Bloomingtonian the car was later located at Crawford apartments, and the occupant was arrested.

Police used the GPS system in the car to track it down.

In a probable cause affidavit from the Monroe County Prosecutor’s office, the suspect found inside the vehicle told police he was in the car parked at Crawford Apartments because he was cold and had nowhere else to go. He told police a white male had offered to let him sit in the car, but police reviewed footage at the apartment building, and never saw a white male. Only the suspect, a Black male, was seen exiting the vehicle when it arrived at the apartment building, the same suspect was seen on video breaking into the towing business. The suspect from the video of the burglary was wearing the same exact clothing as the suspect found inside the vehicle at Crawford.

The arrested suspect is being charged with a level 5 felony for burglary and level 6 felony for theft. The suspect is listed as “transient” on the Monroe County arrest log.

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