Man arrested for stealing car after bank teller declines to cash suspicious-looking check

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SHELBURN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A Pimento man was arrested Tuesday in Shelburn after smashing glass at a Terre Haute bank and stealing a car.

Just after 2 p.m. Vigo County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from First Farmers Bank on U.S. 41 in Terre Haute. Bank employees reported an unruly white male inside the bank lobby smashing glass. The male had reportedly expressed displeasure because the bank teller 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, Detective Ron Elliott and Sheriff Clark Cottom of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the bank where they learned the suspect fled on foot prior to their arrival.

As Sheriff Cottom and Deputy Colt Thompson were searching the area, a vehicle was reported stolen from a nearby shopping center. That was when an all points bulletin was put out for the stolen vehicle.

Detective 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 31-year-old Lucas Vilchuck of Pimento, IN.
Vilchuck was known to frequent Sullivan County, and specifically the Shelburn area.
A short time later Sullivan County Lieutenant Bill Snead spotted the vehicle in Shelburn, occupied by Vilchuck and a female.

Lieutenant 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.

Sheriff Cottom reports 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 on no bond.

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