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Friday, May 12, 2017 1:00 am

Accused thief caught after 3-county chase

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A multicounty pursuit landed a Nappanee man in jail Thursday, police said.

Kimbert Alvin Crafton, 31, led officers on a pursuit beginning in Kosciusko County at 8:20 a.m., the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department said.

Officers were investigating Crafton concerning 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 on Thursday 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 stolen pickup truck, police said.

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 an intersection and surrender to officers, police said.

Crafton was 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 out-of-state thefts and that more stolen items will be obtained inside the storage building near North Webster.

Fire engulfs vacant home on Forest Glen Court 

A vacant home went up in flames Thursday on Fort Wayne's northeast side.

Firefighters were called about 2 p.m. to the one-story home at 6828 Forest Glen Court. They found flames coming from the rear of the house when they arrived.

The blaze spread to the home's interior and roof before it was brought under control in about 23 minutes, the fire department said. No one was injured.

The cause is under investigation.