On Monday, May 16, at approximately 2:25 in the afternoon, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department obtained a 911 emergency call regarding a car accident in the area of Michigan Road and 4A Road.  The call said the crash involved a passenger car and a pickup truck pulling a trailer.

Before Detective Snyder arrived on the scene the male driver of the pickup truck fled on foot and was not located. The pickup truck was found to have been stolen out of Nappanee and the trailer stolen out of Goshen.

During the investigation, Marshall County detectives were able to identify 35-year-old Jorge Crowder of Short Street in Nappanee as the suspect in the thefts.

With a joint effort along with the Nappanee Police, Crowder was located in Elkhart on May 31st and taken to the Elkhart County Jail. He was then transferred to Marshall County for the charges of Theft, Vehicle Theft with a prior conviction, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

He is being held on a $20,000 cash bond.

***Readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial by jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.