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Store Theft Call Leads to Chase, Arrest

A theft report in North Vernon turned into a police chase and an arrest on drug paraphernalia and other charges Sunday night.

The North Vernon Police Department reported that they were called to the North Vernon Walmart at about 10 p.m. on a witness' report from the parking lot that someone was stealing from the store. Two police officers intercepted the suspect vehicle and the driver allegedly jumped out of the car and ran away.

Officer Chris Campbell chased the driver across Indiana 7 and caught him on County Road 260N. The driver, 29-year-old Michael Ledbetter, of North Vernon, was found to have a hypodermic needle and six counterfeit $100 bills on him, police said.

Back at the car, two passengers still in the vehicle decided to drive off. Officer Scotty Willis caught up to the car on County Road 750N and found it empty. Sgt. Andrew Richmond arrived on the scene with police dog, Heros. During the search police found a woman's purse containing identification, prescription medications, a spoon with drug residue and hypodermic needles.

Police still haven't found those suspects.

Charges against Ledbetter include possession of stolen property, possession of a syringe, resisting law enforcement by fleeing, driving while suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia and a Bartholomew County warrant.

Last Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 8:40:37 AM

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