An alert Indiana State Police trooper spotted a vehicle on Interstate 65 with three suspects involved in the theft of items from a Seymour store.
The traffic stop by Trooper Bryce Harris at the 80-mile-marker north of Edinburgh resulted in the arrests of Measha Dashanik Wilburn, 21, Melvin Thomas Sanders Jr., 20, and Anthony Tyrone Jordan Jr., 23, all of Indianapolis. They were taken into custody Thursday night by officers with the Seymour Police Department.
All three face Level 6 felony charges of theft and were booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown without bond.
Wilburn also had two warrants for her arrest, said Seymour Cpl. Adam Surface, who was the first to respond to the incident at Hibbett Sports, 1252 E. Tipton St., Seymour.
“All three of them have a lengthy criminal history,” Surface said.
The initial report of the incident came in at 5:12 p.m. as a robbery at the sporting goods store in the Jackson Park shopping center on Seymour’s east side.
Suspects were seen taking armfuls of clothing before fleeing in a black Ford car with tinted windows and a temporary license plate tag on the back, Surface said.
Less than an hour later, Harris located a vehicle matching the description northbound at the 80-mile-marker on Interstate 65.
Once the vehicle was stopped, Harris walked up to it and immediately detected the odor of marijuana inside, Surface said.
During a probable-cause search of the vehicle, Harris located the stolen merchandise from Hibbett Sports, Surface said. The items filled four trash bags and are estimated to be valued around $2,000, he said.
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