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Christian County Sheriff's Office Investigating Car Thefts

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is warning people to keep their vehicles locked up after a pair of vehicle thefts in the area. On Thursday, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call about a vehicle crash on Illinois Route 48 in Palmer. The caller stated two people were running away from the scene of a red Chevy Silverado pickup. 


Arriving on the scene deputies believed there were three occupants of the pick up truck. 36 year old Derek D. Hrabusicky was located near the scene and transported to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. As the Sheriff’s Office was attempting to locate the other passengers, they were notified that the vehicle was stolen out of Decatur.


Later that morning around 10:30 AM, Sheriff’s received a report of a stolen vehicle from Kincaid.  The caller stated his wife’s Jeep was missing. A gray, 2004 Ford F-150 was left running in his driveway, which did not belong to him.  During the investigation, it was discovered that that vehicle was stolen from Palmer. 


30 minutes later, Christian County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Clarksdale, that a suspicious person was at her residence and the caller stated that at 9:20 AM a black male subject exited a silvedr truck and walked up to her locked vehicle. The caller said that she saw the male wearing a colorful t-shirt, jeans, a hat and had braided hair. He left the area driving the silver truck. 


The two individuals involved in the vehicle thefts in Christian County are believed to be a white male, wearing a yellow shirt, and a black male or female who is shorter with black, braided hair.  The gray Jeep is still missing and has an Illinois License Plate of KRISTI4. Law Enforcement officials believe the vehicle to be in the Decatur Area.  If located, do not approach and contact your law enforcement agency. 


Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is reminding everyone with colder weather arriving, to keep their vehicles locked up and remove car keys.  He is also asking anyone who sees suspicious activity to call it in. The Illinois State Police, Christian County K9 Unit, Taylorville Police Department, Morrisonville Palmer Fire Department, and Morrisonville Ambulance assisted with the investigation. 

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