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Pair arrested for vehicle theft

Sunday, December 30, 2012

VIGO COUNTY -- Just before 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, Vigo County Central Dispatch reported a stolen 2002 Chevrolet 2500 pickup was possibly southbound on State Road 63 from Vermillion County.

Minutes later, Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Jason Schoffstall sported the stolen truck southbound on SR 63 crossing the Wabash River.

Trooper Schoffstall attempted to stop the truck on 3rd Street (United States 41) and 8th Avenue in Terre Haute.

The truck turned right onto 8th Avenue and continued westbound on 1st Street.

At 1st Street, the truck continued westbound crashing through the fence of a nearby business and traveling through a wooded area near the Wabash River.

Police units from Indiana State University, the Terre Haute Police Department and the Vigo County Sheriff's Department arrived to assist.

Officers found the truck abandoned and after a nearby 45-minute search of the wooded area on foot, found the suspects lying in the snow near the river.

Further investigation found the pair had allegedly driven a stolen van from Terre Haute to a business near SR 63 and SR 163 in Clinton (Vermillion County).

The pair allegedly found the 2002 Chevrolet 2500 pickup running and unoccupied, then made their way southbound on SR 63.

Officials arrested Lee Edward Bemis, 25, Terre Haute, and Kristina Gruner, 27, Clinton.

Both were preliminarily charged with Vehicle Theft (a class D felony) and Resisting Law Enforcement (also a class D felony).

In addition, Gruner was found to be wanted on a warrant from Terre Haute City Court for Conversion and Trespass.

Both were incarcerated in the Vigo County Jail.

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