GREENCASTLE -- On Tuesday at 2:05 p.m., an Indiana State Police trooper and Putnam County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Brazil man for allegedly stealing a bicycle in Hendricks County and attempting to ride it to Brazil.
Robert Wickware, black male, 41, Brazil, was arrested on suspicion of theft.
The incident began at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when Putnam County Sheriff's Dispatch notified the Putnamville Post that the suspect in a Hendricks County theft investigation was spotted on foot near the Quick Mart station at U.S. 40 and U.S. 231.
Master Trooper DuJuan McFadden and Putnam County Sheriff's deputies responded to the area. After a few minutes of searching, the suspect was spotted in a ditch along U.S. 40 nearly one-half mile west of U.S. 231 in Putnam County.
He was immediately taken into custody by McFadden and transported to the Putnam County Jail, eventually relayed to the custody of the Hendricks County Sheriff's Office for filing of theft charges.
The suspect was allegedly walking eastbound along U.S. 40 earlier in the afternoon and entered a yard at 2402 West U.S. 40, Clayton, removing a NEXT Avalon 7-speed mountain bike valued at $150. The suspect then rode east on U.S. 40.
Witnesses gave a description of the alleged thief to the victim and he eventually caught up with the suspect on U.S. 40 near Mount Meridian. The victim was able to act as a "Good Samaritan" and offer the suspect a ride. The victim placed the bike in the rear of his truck and then told the suspect the bike was stolen from his residence and he was calling police. The victim briefly left the scene and called police.
The suspect was able to get a ride from a passing motorist to the station at U.S. 40 and U.S. 231, where he was spotted and arrested.