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Police: Man steals 3 vehicles, leads officers on 3 chases

Courtesy: Auburn Police Department Courtesy: Auburn Police Department
Courtesy: Auburn Police Department Courtesy: Auburn Police Department
Courtesy: DeKalb County Police Dept. Courtesy: DeKalb County Police Dept.

A man is in custody after police say he stole three vehicles and led officers on three chases involving four counties on Tuesday.

The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department says it started when they got a call about a stolen truck in the Wolcottville area. Police say a man told officers he left his company truck running and unlocked in the driveway.

Minutes later, a Noble County deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description heading north on CR 400 E out of Wolcottville. A pursuit started, during which a Noble County Sheriff's Department vehicle was hit. Officers ended up losing sight of the truck in the area of CR 250 S and State Road 327 in Steuben County.

A short time later, police say Steuben County deputies spotted the truck and started a second pursuit. Deputies lost sight of the truck again, this time in the area of CR 800W and CR 500 S.

Police say the truck was recovered in Angola, where another vehicle was reported stolen. That vehicle was later found in rural Steuben County, where a Volvo had been stolen.

Police say they spotted the vehicle in DeKalb County, starting a third pursuit. Auburn Police say one of their officers saw the vehicle matching the description on I-69 and State Road 8. Police say the suspect exited recklessly at the 326 mile marker. When the officer turned on his lights and siren to try and stop the vehicle, the suspect fled. Police say the vehicle headed west on CR 56, going left of center several times, forcing oncoming drivers off the road.

Police say after 6 mile pursuit that reached speeds of 75 miles an hour, the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed at CR 7 A and CR 9 in DeKalb County. Police say an officer and L-9 took the suspect, 34-year-old Bruce Sheehan, into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Sheehan was booked into the DeKalb County Jail on four charges, including Resisting Law Enforcement and Receiving Stolen Auto Parts

The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department says he is a habitual traffic violator who had multiple warrants for his arrest in several area counties.

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