Suspect who allegedly stole Mishawaka police car once again behind bars

(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Police)

Police officers from from several jurisdictions converged on the Union Center Amish Store located in the 25000 block of CR 50 in Nappanee, after a credible sighting of the man who allegedly stole a Mishawaka police car after shoplifting incident at the Menards in Mishawaka.

Just before 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6,  troopers with the Indiana State Police were advised of a sighting of Michael Lee Eppenbaugh, 42, of Warsaw.

As officers from several jurisdictions arrived Eppenbaugh fled on foot and was believed to be hiding in a barn located on the property.

Officers searched for approximately 40 minutes and ultimately found Eppenbaugh hiding under hay bales.

He was safely taken into custody and arrested for several outstanding warrants out of Kosciusko County.

Eppenbaugh was transported to the Kosciusko County Jail for the following warrants:

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Serious Violent Felon

Habitual Traffic Violator-Life

Resisting Law Enforcement Level

Auto Theft

Possession of Methamphetamine

Possession of Methamphetamine

Residential Entry

10 additional Misdemeanor warrants

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, and Nappanee Police Department.

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