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Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:20 pm

Suspected burglar behind bars after multi-county pursuit

The Journal Gazette

A multi-county pursuit landed a Nappanee man in jail today.

Kimbert Alvin Crafton, 31, led officers on a pursuit beginning in Kosciusko County around 8:20 this morning, a statement from the Kosciusko County Sheriff said.

Officers were investigating Crafton for an involvement in a burglary and theft two days ago, and after searching Crafton's home Wednesday, found evidence of his involvement with several thefts.

An off-duty deputy saw Crafton this morning at a storage building near County Road 750 East and 500 North, south of North Webster, police said. When the deputy approached Crafton, Crafton fled in a confirmed stolen pickup truck.

Officers pursued Crafton east into Noble County, then south on Indiana 5 into Whitley County, with officers from various agencies deploying several stop sticks across state and county roads north of Columbia City.

Crafton's truck hit several of the stop sticks, which eventually caused him to stop at the intersection and surrender to officers.

Crafton is being held in the Kosciusko County Jail on a prosecutorial hold, with charges of resisting/fleeing law enforcement, reckless driving, felony theft and felony burglary.

Police believe Crafton may be involved in other thefts out-of-state and that more stolen items will be obtained inside the storage building near North Webster, the statement said.