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Man Wanted After Failing To Return Car After Test Drive

Last updated on Friday, July 5, 2013

(BLOOMFIELD) - A warrant has been issued for 24-year-old Dustin Roecker, of Ellettsville, after he allegedly test drove a 2000 Dodge Stratus and didn’t return it to the dealer.

According to a probable cause affidavit Roecker is facing charges of theft. Greene County officers were called to Duncan's Motors on State Road 54 on the afternoon of June 21.

Kevin Waltman, a sales manager at Duncan's, told the deputy that Roecker and an unknown female came to the car lot on foot that afternoon. They told the salesman their vehicle was undergoing maintenance at Tieman Tire, located next door to the car lot, and they were in the market for a newer and better vehicle.

Roecker and the woman were shown several different cars. Waltman says they took all of them out on a test drive but brought the others back.

The manager made a photocopy of Roecker's driver's license before he picked the vehicle with the most gas in it to test drive.

About 30 minutes after Roecker left with the car, and had not returned, the manager contacted the owner of the business, Brandon Duncan. Duncan was in the Bloomfield area, was watching for the car and spotted it.

Duncan told the deputy he followed the Stratus east on State Road 54 to the Eastern-Greene Middle School area but lost it because it was traveling at a high rate of speed. He also told police the car had a different license plate than the one issued by the business.

As of today, the vehicle had not been returned or located.

Anyone with information about the location of the Stratus or Roecker is asked to call the Greene County Sheriff's Department at 812-384-4411.

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