Officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources arrested an Indianapolis Man in a bust that involved a Stolen Vehicle and possession of drugs on the Crawford County side of Patoka Lake Friday afternoon.
Now back on Tuesday of this past week, Police in Champaign, Illinois took a report from a local Wal-Mart store, where 25-year old Justin Petrowski of Indianapolis had allegedly stolen a vehicle.
Authorities made contact with Petrowski’s wife, who they say had been in phone contact with her husband and told police that Petrowski was armed and likely hiding somewhere on Patoka Lake property in Crawford County.
Police say the stolen vehicle was located near the Patoka Lake archery range early Thursday morning. After finding the vehicle, Indiana Conservation Officers and Patoka Lake personnel conducted an exhaustive search, but were unable to locate Petrowski.
Then Friday, just before 1 pm, conservation officers discovered additional clues and hiked nearly a mile over rugged terrain into the woods at Patoka Lake. They eventually located and arrested Petrowski, who they say was armed with a stolen shotgun and tending to his makeshift camp.
Conservation Officer Dennis Talley noted that tht situation was tense and fortunately ended safely for all.
Petrowski was arrested and booked into the Crawford County Jail on felony charges of Receiving Stolen Auto Parts, Possession of Methamphetamine, and misdemeanor charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Failure to Stop after an Accident Resulting in Damage.
He is being held on a $20,000 cash bond, and also faces additional charges in Indianapolis and Champaign, Illinois stemming from this investigation.
Conservation officers were assisted by the Orange and Crawford County Sheriff’s Departments as well as the Indiana State Police.