Police searching for suspect involved in vehicle theft, pursuit

Local police are searching for a man who officers say stole a truck from a local hardware store, crashed it while fleeing police and fled on foot.

The pursuit started at about 3:15 a.m. Friday, July 22 when Nashville Police Officer Matt Hatchett responded to a report of suspicious activity at Bear Hardware on Chestnut Street.

On his way to the store, Hatchett saw a wood chipper attached to a flatbed truck with the Bear Hardware logo on it heading east on State Road 46, said Nashville Chief of Police Ben Seastrom.

Hatchett attempted to stop the truck, but the driver fled and then crashed in the first curve on State Road 135 South, Seastrom said.

The wood chipper was totaled, but the truck appeared to be OK, he said.

The unidentified man fled into nearby wooded areas, and police have not found him. Police have video surveillance of the suspect they will release later this week, Seastrom said.

“We don’t know who he is yet, but the investigation is ongoing,” he said.

“I have a feeling the guy is not from here, but we don’t know that 100 percent.”

The Brown County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana Conservation Officers assisted the NPD with their investigation over the weekend. The NPD also is working with Indiana State Police to identify the suspect.

“This investigation went to a lot of different places. It ended up being a lot of different areas where we searched,” Seastrom said.

This story will be updated.

Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.