Bedford Man Arrested After Stealing Truck

(BEDFORD) – A Bedford man was arrested Thursday afternoon on a warrant after he stole a truck from Bandana’s Bar & Grill on Thursday, May 16th.

Zhenia Maksimov

Bedford Police arrested 28-year-old Zhenia Maksimov, of 938 McFadden Ridge Rd., on charges of auto theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

According to a probable cause affidavit, a man called police and said he returned to Bandana’s after driving a friend to the Quality Inn in Bedford in the friend’s vehicle and when he returned to Bandana’s to pick up his red Dodge Ram 1500 truck it was missing.

Police questioned several people at the establishment and learned Maksimov was in the parking lot looking into vehicles.

Bedford Police requested a deputy from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department to go to Maksimov’s home to see if the vehicle was there. When the deputy drove by they saw a red truck in the driveway but could not confirm it was the stolen vehicle.

When Bedford Police arrived at the home the truck was gone.

The stolen truck was located at a home in the 1220 block of 9th Street after Maksimov sent a message to an employee at Bandana’s saying where the truck was located.

Officers recovered the vehicle and DNA swabs were taken inside the vehicle.

On May 22nd, police spoke to Maksimov who told police he was extremely intoxicated when the truck was stolen and couldn’t remember anything that happened. Maksimov told police he had stayed at a friend’s house in the neighborhood where the truck was recovered.

An analysis from the Indiana State Police Lab confirmed Maksimov’s DNA was found in the truck.

Police forwarded their information to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Maksimov’s arrest.