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December 13, 2017

12/4/2017 2:08:00 PM
Men pick the wrong victim to steal from

Three men have been arrested in connection with a theft of a pick-up truck less than 90 minutes after they stole the vehicle from a man and his brother who chased them down.

Charged are Dustin Jack Gifford, 26, John Joseph Meisberger II, 21, and Christopher L. Carf, Jr., 20. All three have been charged with burglary, an L5F. Gifford and Carf are both charged with auto theft with prior conviction, an L5F, while Meisberger is charged with auto theft, an L6F. Gifford is charged with theft with prior, an L6F, while the other two are charged with theft, an A misdemeanor. All are charged with trespass, an A misdemeanor, and criminal mischief, a B misdemeanor.

On Nov. 14 at 6:49 a.m., deputies were called to the area of CR 350 S and CR 825 W for a burglary in progress. When the homeowner heard his truck start up, he and his brother got into a vehicle and went after the truck. They found it at the corner of CR 350 S and CR and saw a man wearing a black T-shirt fleeing into a bean field. The victim shot off one round of his shotgun, ordering the thief to "Stop!"

He did not.

Officers arrived and set up a perimeter around the field and eventually arrested Meisberger and Carf. Later that day, Gifford, who was wearing a black T-shirt, was arrested walking on CR 400 S, with the victim following the man in his vehicle and informing dispatch of their location.

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