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Overnight search nets fleeing car, guns thief suspect

by Rob Burgess - rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

 An overnight search for a suspect in the alleged thefts of two vehicles and two handguns ended Saturday when Trevor Miller was arrested by Wabash County Sheriff’s Department (WCSD) officers, after he was held at gunpoint by the family member of a potential third victim, according to a Monday press release from Sheriff Ryan Baker.

A Plain Dealer request to Baker for more information about the suspect was not returned as of press time Tuesday.

At 7:59 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Wabash County Central Dispatch was advised by the Rochester Police Department that a Wabash resident had stolen a vehicle in Rochester and was possibly en route back to Wabash with the vehicle.

Seven minutes later, dispatch received a call from a resident in the northwest corner of Wabash County.

The caller stated that a male just came to their residence in a stolen vehicle and left before officers arrived.

At 8:18 p.m., a second call came in from another resident in the area. This caller said that a male approached her as she exited her vehicle, in her driveway.

The caller said that the male stole her vehicle and began to drive it through their woods.

Deputies arrived and learned that the vehicle contained two handguns.

Deputies began to set up a perimeter around the woods in an attempt to locate the male. Several agencies assisted the WCSD with the search.

Officers began to search the woods for the suspect and the vehicle.

Officers located the vehicle but did not locate the suspect or the two handguns that were in the vehicle. It was determined at that time due to the darkness and the thick wooded cover, that the search would stop for the night and officers would start the search again during daylight hours.

At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, deputies resumed searching for the suspect from the previous night.

At 10:06 a.m., Wabash County Central Dispatch received a call from a resident in the same area of the search, the caller stated that a male was at their residence attempting to steal their vehicle.

The caller stated that a family member had the suspect at gunpoint. Deputies responded to the area and apprehended the suspect.

Both firearms were located on the suspect and recovered as evidence. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Wabash County Jail.

The case will be forwarded to the Wabash County Prosecutor’s Office for review to determine charges.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Assisting agencies included the Indiana State Police, North Manchester Police Department, Rochester Police Department and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.