December 10, 2023

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Indiana Man Steals Recovered Unit Off Lot

FORTVILLE — Police officers looking for a stolen vehicle after it had been taken from a car dealer lot ended up arresting an Indianapolis man who was also wanted for crimes in Marion County.

Tyrell Deshawn White, 22, 7000 block of Kingswood Court, Indianapolis has been charged with a Level 4 felony count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon; a Level 6 felony count of auto theft; and two misdemeanors.

White made an initial appearance in Hancock County Circuit Court Monday, July 20, where judge Scott Sirk set a $7,500 cash bond. He was still listed as an inmate in in the Hancock County Jail on Tuesday, July 21.

According to a probable cause affidavit, officers from the Fortville Police Department were called Friday, July 17, to investigate a stolen car. The victim told officers his company had repossessed a 2008 Saturn on Thursday, July 16, for non-payment and that the owner’s son came and stole it from the lot where it had been taken.

Investigators learned the person who stole the vehicle had a gun with him and that the car was on Quartz Lane in Fortville. They had been able to trace the car’s location thanks to a tracker in it.

On Friday, officers found the vehicle in the 400 block North Quartz Lane near where a work crew was pouring concrete. An individual on the work crew who identified himself as Trayvon White told officers the car belonged to his mother but that he drove it to work every day.

Officers told the man they were going to take the vehicle since it was listed as stolen; the man told officers a gun was in the vehicle but that it belonged to his mother. Police found a 9mm handgun inside the car.

The foreman on the work site told officers the car had been repossessed at work on July 16, the affidavit said.

Officers then conducted a records check on Trayvon White and eventually learned that a person named Tyrell White was wanted in Marion County for violation of probation in an armed robbery case.

The man who identified himself as Trayvon said Tyrell was his twin brother, but when officers searched him, they found a bank card with the name Tyrell White on it. White eventually admitted to being Tyrell and not Trayvon.

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