Deputies arrest one man and are searching for three others who allegedly stole several vehicles in Greenwood and Westfield. It happened just before 6 a.m. Saturday morning.
Glenn Bartholomew’s wife’s car, a white 2008 Saturn Outlook, was stolen. Bartholomew didn’t even notice his wife’s car was missing when he left the house that morning until he came back.
“I thought, ‘I wonder where my wife went?’ I walked in and she was standing in the kitchen,” he said. “I said, ‘Where’s your car?’ She said, ‘It better be in the driveway.’ And it wasn’t.”
He came back out to the driveway to find the door of his SUV open and his center console ransacked. Buried in the bottom was the spare key to his wife’s white 2008 Saturn Outlook.
“They found the key, got right in the car and was gone,” said Bartholomew. “So who knows how long of a head start they had.”
Glenn immediately called 911. The Johnson County Sheriff told him four men in a stolen Dodge Charger was also trying to steal a black Honda Pilot on the 3100 block of Buckmoor Parkway two miles away.
The car owner saw it all happen. Deputies say he jumped into his other car and tried to chase after the thieves. The four suspects eventually got out of the car and fired one shot at the man.
“That surprised me,” said Bartholomew, once he heard the men were armed. “That’s when i knew that this is more than just teenagers out joyriding. It’s disturbing.”
The car owner told deputies the men fled to a nearby shopping center. The deputy found the Honda Pilot at the Olive Branch strip mall and one of the suspects running away from it. The suspect ran straight into the woods.
Authorities called a K-9 to the scene, who later found Thomas Lemickol of Indianapolis on the back porch of a nearby home. He was arrested and charged with burglary, vehicle theft and resisting police.
His three accomplices remain on the run.
“When you think of that stuff, you normally think more towards inner city, it doesn’t really happen in the suburbs,” said Bartholomew.
Deputies are urging you to keep their car doors locked and park your vehicles in the garage if you can. They’re also still searching for Bartholomew’s white 2008 Saturn Outlook. Glenn said it has a Whiteland High School faculty sticker on the upper left hand corner of the windshield.