Prison time in theft, pursuit

A man who police said stole knives, ammunition and liquor from a Greenwood store and then ran from police will serve four years in prison.

Wayne Gebhart, 50, Martinsville, pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle after forfeiting his license for life, theft, leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of resisting law enforcement.

He was sentenced to four years in prison, and one year on probation. Johnson County Circuit Court Judge Mark Lord also recommended Gebhart be sent to the purposeful incarceration program, meant to rehabilitate offenders. And he was ordered to pay $1,575 in restitution to the county.

Gebhart was arrested in February, after security guards at Meijer on State Road 135 told police he stole about $400 worth of ammunition, knives and alcohol.

Police found a vehicle matching the description of the one used in the theft on State Road 135 and tried to stop Gebhart, but he drove away.

At a business complex on Fry Road, Gebhart jumped out of his moving vehicle and ran, sending his vehicle into a sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle. Gebhart ran down a hill and into Pleasant Run Creek. After a search with a police dog, a witness spotted Gebhart nearby and he was arrested.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.