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Washington man charged for stealing cars, gun

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A Washington man faces three felony charges for thefts of vehicles owned by local businesses and a gun.

Joshua D. Dyer, 40, was charged May 7 in Sullivan Superior Court with theft of a firearm and two counts of auto theft, all Level 6 felonies; possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; and leaving the scene of an accident, a Class B misdemeanor.

The charges stem from an incident on May 4, according to an incident report filed in the case by Sullivan City Police Department Officer Rob Smith.

According to the report, Smith and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jeff Kinnett were called to a residence on the 200 block of West Giles Street about a truck that was blocking a driveway.

That truck was later determined to have been stolen from Orleans, Indiana-based Granite Transport Co, Smith added.

When the two officers arrived on scene, they surrounded the vehicle, Smith stated, with Kinnett first encountering an individual who was inside the vehicle and then jumped from the vehicle and started to flee on foot.

Smith stated that he then intercepted the man, who was later identified as Dyer.

At that point, Smith stated he attempted to use restraints on Dyer but Dyer reportedly was reaching for something — which was later identified as a handgun in an ankle holster.

Smith added that Dyer reportedly admitted to finding the gun in the white truck and to taking it.

In addition, Dyer reportedly said, when he saw the gun, he attempted to leave the truck where he reportedly took it from originally, but, at some point, he walked over, located a van owned by Sullivan Furniture Inc. and reportedly took it and, eventually, hit a telephone pole guidewire.


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