10/15/13 Last month on Saturday, September 21st at 6:15 a.m. Bourbon Police Officer Matthew Cottrill was dispatched to 103 East Pine Street in reference to a vehicle theft. Arriving at the location Officer Cottrill made contact with the vehicle owner Jerry Banks. Mr. Banks stated that on Friday, September 20th at approximately 8:00 p.m. he had parked his 2005 Chevrolet Colorado in his driveway. At 1:30 a.m. he’d went out to his truck to gather some belongings and returned back inside his home. On Saturday, September 21st at approximately 6:10 a.m. Mr. Banks exited his home to leave for work and found his truck missing from its parking space at which time the police were immediately called.
Mr. Banks informed officers that he had left the keys to his vehicle in the visor which was a habit as well as leaving the vehicle unlocked. During the investigation officer’s scanned the ground around the parking area and found no glass or any signs of forced entry. A check of the surrounding area for the vehicle was unsuccessful at which point the vehicle was entered into IDACS and NCIC.
Last Saturday, October 5th the stolen vehicle was located in Tippecanoe by Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputies Les McFarland, Rob Hafke and Bourbon Police Chief William Martin after receiving a call from a concerned citizen of a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was found to be in the possession of a 16 year old juvenile. The boy was taken into custody for possession of stolen property and the vehicle was returned to Mr. Banks.
This incident is still under investigation as it is believed that the juvenile was not the actual thief and more than one party was involved in the theft of the vehicle.
If anyone has information pertaining to this incident please contact the Bourbon Police Department at 574-342-3105.