Man Arrested After Stealing Vehicle

(BEDFORD) – A Mitchell man was arrested Tuesday on a warrant after he allegedly stole a vehicle.

Police arrested 20-year-old Austin Sullivan on charges of auto theft, unlawful entry to a motor vehicle, operating a vehicle while never licensed and criminal trespassing.

According to a probable cause affidavit on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at approximately 8:28 a.m. the Lawrence County Sheriff’s  Department received a report that a 2011 light blue Chevrolet Cruze, had been stolen sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. from their residence.

An officer located a black moped abandoned along the roadway close to the victim’s  residence. 

Officers knew the moped was being driven by Austin Sullivan.

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, at approximately 7:32 p.m. officers interviewed Sullivan. He told police that he and his girlfriend and another male had taken a cruise through the country on October 31. Sullivan said he was on his moped with his friend riding on the back. His girlfriend was on a black minibike. Sullivan sited the silver Chevrolet in the driveway.

Sullivan told police the male friend approached the car and opened the driver’s door, discovering the keys inside.

Sullivan said he got in the driver’s seat and his friend got in the passenger seat and drove the car out of the driveway.

Sullivan said his friend wanted to take the vehicle to Louisville for trade.

During the police interview, Sullivan was remorseful and apologized for his actions.

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, the stolen vehicle was recovered in Louisville by the  Louisville Police Department.