VIGO CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Police say one man is in custody after trying a unique getaway Friday night.
Indiana Trooper Gerald Stump was dispatched to the Academy Sports store in Terre Haute in reference to a suspicious person around 9:30 p.m. Upon his arrival, he was met by a store employee who stated that a male subject had just stolen a bicycle from inside the store. Trooper Stump observed the male subject peddling away from the store, at a quick pace. Trooper Stump then identified himself and gave loud verbal commands for the male subject to stop, but the commands were disregarded and the male subject continued riding the bicycle away from Trooper Stump.
The male subject rode the bicycle through several parking lots located in the immediate area, weaving in and out, making him difficult to apprehend. The male subject then crossed US 41, riding the bicycle, continuing west into another parking lot, full of several vehicles. The male subject then discarded the bicycle and attempted to hide from officers.
Troopers then canvassed the parking lot in an attempt to locate the male subject. He was finally located hiding underneath a vehicle in the parking lot. The male subject was then ordered to come out from under the vehicle and was immediately taken into custody without any further issues.
The male subject was then identified as Camron J. Banghart, 24, of Terre Haute, IN. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Banghart was wanted out of Clay County, Indiana on an active warrant for a probation violation – dangerous drugs. Banghart was taken into custody and was transported to the Vigo County Jail where he is currently being detained.
Indiana State Police Troopers assisting in the investigation were Trooper David Petrowski, Trooper Courtland Woodruff, and Trooper Nicole Cheeks. Also assisting was the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.
Arrested: Camron J. Banghart, 24, of Terre Haute
Resisting Law Enforcement Class A Misdemeanor
Conversion Class Class A Misdemeanor
Probation Violation – dangerous drugs (Clay County, Indiana warrant)
Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.