Police are looking into whether a man arrested after a police chase that began near Trafalgar was involved in multiple home break-ins.
John Lane Gibson, 54, who told police he is homeless, was arrested on charges of burglary, criminal recklessness, possessing a firearm after a previous conviction, driving without a license and resisting law enforcement.
After a chase that reached speeds of 70 mph, police found a guitar case and pillow case in Gibson’s vehicle that contained items reported stolen from a home in the 3200 block of County
Road 225W near Trafalgar on Thursday, according to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
The vehicle Gibson was driving, a black Oldsmobile Bravada, matches one witnesses saw parked at two homes about a mile apart, north of Trafalgar, that were recently burglarized, Sheriff Doug Cox said.
On Tuesday, a man knocked on the door of a home in the 2900 block of State Road 135, which had been burglarized earlier this month. The man asked the homeowner about a truck they had for sale and then left when the homeowner said they weren’t selling a truck. Other homeowners also reported a man asking about a vehicle for sale at their home, Cox said.
The homeowner wrote down a license plate number and a vehicle description. On Thursday, six sheriff’s deputies and investigators drove around the Trafalgar and Bargersville areas where burglaries had been reported, Cox said.
Police found a vehicle like the one the homeowner described and tried to stop it on State Road 135, between Trafalgar and Bargersville. The vehicle did not stop and continued on State Road 135 before turning onto several county roads, where speeds reached as much as 70 mph, Cox said.
The vehicle ran through stop sticks, which are designed to flatten the tires, and continued north through the county, running red lights and passing other vehicles. Indianapolis police stopped the vehicle on State Road 37 in Marion County and arrested Gibson, who was driving, according to a police report.
Gibson is being held without bond in the Johnson County jail.