Indiana Arrest: Three Illinois Residents Charged after Stolen Vehicle Claim, $50 Kia Purchase from Ex


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Chesterton, IN – Three Illinois residents found themselves in hot water when their reported $50 vehicle purchase turned out to be stolen. 

Chesterton Police Department sprang into action after a license plate reader flagged the suspicious car, leading to a surprising discovery for a stolen Illinois license plate fixed to a white Kia Soul. 

Officers quickly located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop, which reportedly turned up drug paraphernalia and hypodermic needles. The trio of passengers claimed the driver bought the car from an ex-boyfriend without proper documentation. However, a missing steering column and stolen license plates told a different story.

Inside the vehicle, officers found used and unused syringes, smoking devices, over-the-counter medications, and mysterious white powdery residue. Chicago Police later confirmed the Kia was also stolen out of the city.

The yet-to-be-identified driver now faces multiple charges, including auto theft and possession of a syringe. Two passengers were also charged with possession of a syringe and paraphernalia. All three suspects were taken to Porter County Jail.


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