Sullivan County Sheriff’s Dept. apprehend man for Vigo crimes

Seth Vilchuck

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Department arrested a Pimento man in

Shelburn for alleged crimes committed in Vigo County on Tuesday.

Just after 2 p.m., Vigo County Central Dispatch received a 911 call

from First Farmers Bank on U.S. 41 South in Terre Haute. Bank

employees reported an unruly white male inside the bank lobby, smashing glass. The male was apparently expressing displeasure because the bank had declined to cash a suspicious looking check.

Off-duty officers from adjoining agencies were covering calls for the

city of Terre Haute and Vigo County during the time of the incident.

Within minutes, SCSD Detective Ron Elliott and Sheriff Clark Cottom

arrived at the bank, where they learned the suspect had fled on foot,

prior to their arrival.

As Cottom and Deputy Colt Thompson were searching the area, a vehicle

was reported stolen from a nearby shopping center. An all-points

bulletin was put out for the stolen vehicle.

Elliott and Vigo County Deputy Kevin Murphy compared security camera

footage from the bank and the shopping center, determining the same

individual was responsible for both crimes.

Officers were able to identify the suspect as Lucas Vilchuck, 31, of

Pimento. Vilchuck was known to frequent Sullivan County, and

specifically, the Shelburn area.

A short time later, SCSD Lieutenant Bill Snead spotted the vehicle in

Shelburn, occupied by Vilchuck and a female. Snead stopped the car and

detained the pair until officers from Vigo County arrived on scene.

After an hour-long investigation, Vilchuck was arrested and

transported to the Vigo County Jail, where he was charged with felony

check fraud, felony auto theft and misdemeanor criminal mischief. The

female was subsequently released and the stolen vehicle was returned

to the grateful owner.

Vilchuck, who was out on bond at the time of this incident, is

currently being held without bond.

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