Indiana Conservation Officers arrested an Indianapolis man Friday afternoon at Patoka Lake in Crawford County on felony charges of receiving stolen auto parts, possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to stop after accident resulting in damage.
25-year-old Justin Petrowski was arrested after an investigation into his alleged theft of a vehicle at the Champaign, Illinois Wal-mart Tuesday.
Early Thursday morning, the stolen vehicle was located near the Patoka Lake archery range. After locating the vehicle, Indiana Conservation Officers and Patoka Lake personnel conducted an exhaustive search, but were unable to locate Petrowski.
On Friday, just before 1 p.m., conservation officers discovered additional clues and hiked nearly a mile over rugged terrain into the woods on Patoka Lake property. They eventually located and arrested Petrowski, who was armed with a stolen shotgun and tending to his makeshift camp.
Conservation Officer Dennis Talley stated “It was a tense situation, and fortunately, there was a safe ending for all involved.” Petrowski is being held on $20,000 cash bond, and also faces additional charges in Indianapolis and Champaign, Illinois stemming from this investigation.
Assisting agencies at the scene included the Orange and Crawford County Sheriff’s Departments, and Indiana State Police.