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Stolen vehicle from Wolcottville starts four-county chase

A report of a stolen truck in Wolcottville Tuesday morning started what would end up being a four-county chase.

The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department received a call Tuesday morning that a company truck, which was running and unlocked in a driveway, had been stolen.

Minutes after the call, a Noble County Deputy saw the truck in Wolcottville. The driver of the truck accelerated out of town, heading north on CR 400E.

A pursuit was started and the truck continued north on CR 400E. Near CR 100S, the driver of the truck struck the front of the Noble County Sheriff’s Department vehicle before turning back south on CR 400E then turned east on CR 100S, heading east to SR 3. The truck then continued south on SR 3 before turning east on CR 275S.

The Noble County Deputy lost sight of the truck in the area of CR 250S and SR 327 in Steuben County.

The truck was sighted soon after by a Steuben County officer and was pursued until the officer lost sight of the truck in the area of CR 800W and CR 500S in Steuben County.

The truck was later recovered in Angola, where another vehicle, a Dodge Durango, had been reported stolen. That vehicle was later found near Fox Lake, where a third vehicle, a black Volvo, was reported stolen.

An Auburn Police Department K-9 unit was positioned at I-69 and SR 8 and saw the Volvo heading south on the interstate. The vehicle left I-69 at the next exit south where the Auburn officer attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect fled once more, traveling west on CR 56 in DeKalb County, where it went left of center several times, forcing other vehicles off the road.

After several miles, the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed the Volvo at CR 7A and CR 9 near SR 327 in DeKalb County.

After a short foot pursuit, the Auburn officer and K-9 partner caught the suspect without further injury.

The suspect, identified as Bruce H. Sheehan, 34, of Ft. Wayne, was booked into the DeKalb County Jail on preliminary charges of Receiving Stolen Auto Parts, a Class D Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement, a Class D Felony, Habitual Traffic Violator, a Class D Felony, and Reckless Driving, a Class B Misdemeanor.

Sheehan also had four active arrests warrants out of Noble County.