At approximately 7:30 AM, Friday, (09/23/2022), a police officer with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Auto Theft Unit responded to a report of 2 utility terrain vehicles stolen from a NIPSCO job site near 157th Ave. and U.S. Highway 41 in unincorporated Lowell, according to Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr.
Lake County and Newton County police officers worked together to use GPS tracking technology and discovered that the vehicles were moving. Police officers searched multiple locations and eventually requested assistance from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit.
A Newton County Sheriff’s Department police officer observed a vehicle matching the units being towed by a pickup truck near North State Road 55 and East Division Road near Fair Oaks, Indiana. The officer conducted a traffic stop and arrested an adult male, Martinez said.
Both stolen utility vehicles were recovered. They are valued at approximately $50,000.
“I am extremely proud of the initiative, determination and skill officers from both Lake County and Newton County showed in cooperating to locate and recover this stolen property,” Martinez added.
The investigation continues.