Sheriff’s department seeks tips in vehicle theft case

Photo provided The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is seeking tips on the theft of this vehicle on Wednesday night.

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies are seeking tips in the case of a theft of a vehicle in the Taylorsville area at about 10:41 p.m. Wednesday.

Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle theft, in which the victim said she left the Taylorsville area traveling east bound on East County Road 650N.

As she approached the intersection of East County Road 650N and North County Road 50W, a vehicle behind her flashed its headlights then activated blue flashing lights, and she believed she was being pulled over by law enforcement, said Sgt. Dane Duke, sheriff’s department spokesman. The victim pulled to the side of the road.

The victim told deputies that two male suspects wearing all black clothing approached her vehicle and displayed a handgun. The suspects pulled her out of the vehicle, pointed the firearm at her while making threats to her life, Duke said. The victim described the two suspects as in their mid-20s, approximately 6-foot-tall with a stocky build who spoke English. The victim also described the suspect’s vehicle as a blue passenger car, the make and model are unknown. After the suspects drove away with her vehicle, the victim was forced to walk back to the Taylorsville area to report the crime which took approximately 30 minutes.

At about the same time the theft was being reported, deputies were also responding to a vehicle fire approximately six miles from the alleged theft scene. At this time it is believed the destroyed vehicle is the victim’s car based on the make and model, however investigators are working to confirm ownership.

The sheriff’s office is asking the public to come forward with any information about this incident which remains under investigation. Tips, which may be anonymous, may be provided at (812) 565–5926.