Both suspects in custody after alleged shoplifting, pursuit in Vigo County

Photo of Erik Deal provided by Indiana State Police

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Both suspects are now in custody after an alleged shoplifting and then police pursuit in southern Vigo County Thursday evening.

Police told our crew that this all started with an alleged shoplifting at Kohl’s on the south side of Vigo County. Vigo County Sheriff’s Office responded to the business to begin their investigation.

A report was made that the suspect was a white male, with black hair, a facial tattoo wearing black clothing with a blue Nike bag. He also left the scene in a gray 2003 Kia. Just before 6 p.m. an ISP Trooper located the suspect vehicle and made a traffic stop on Carlisle Street south of Vigo Drive.

The Trooper was able to confirm the suspect from the alleged theft was in the vehicle, but before backup arrived the suspect took off.

ISP Sgt. Joe Watts reports the pursuit ended in the area of Oregon Church Road west of Sugar Lane after the vehicle went through a yard and stopped at a near by woods.

One male suspect was taken into custody by a Vigo County K9 Unit. That suspect was identified as the driver of the vehicle, Erik Deal, 32 of Terre Haute. Deal was arrested for resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and he was also found to have multiple felony warrants out of the state of Tennessee for probation violation, auto theft, burglary and sale of schedule II drug.

Police then continued to look for the second suspect, who they believed to be the shoplifter.

Sgt. Watts released right around 10 p.m. that the second suspect was in custody.

An alert citizen recognized the suspect at Loves Truck Stop on US 41 and Harlan Road. A Vigo County Deputy located the suspect walking in a ditch just north of Harlan Road.

The suspect has been identified as Vincent S. Johnson, 27.

Officials report Johnson still had items on him that were reported stolen from Kohl’s.

As of 10:30 p.m. Johnson had not been booked into the Vigo County Jail. News 10 will update this story with his mugshot and charges when they become available.