STEUBEN COUNTY, Indiana — Troopers on the Indiana Toll Road quickly deduced that something was wrong when they stopped to help a motorist who had a flat tire. The first clue was the homemade paper license plate that was written in crayon.
This happened Friday around 2:30 at the 147 mile marker of the Toll Road, which is north of Angola. Indiana State Police say Troopers Craig woodcox and Zarek Finley stopped to help a man standing next to a tan Toyota Corolla that had a flat tire.
That man -- 20-year-old Joshua Anthony Lewis-Brown from Rochester, New York -- was arrested after the troopers noticed the fake plate and ran the vehicle identification number, finding out the car was stolen out of State College, Pennsylvania on Thursday.
Police say Lewis-Brown was also on probation for Grand Larceny.
He was booked into Stueben County Jail and charged with Possession of Stolen Property and Operating Without Ever Obtaining a License. He faces extradition back to Pennsylvania.
Police say the car was stolen when the owner left it unlocked and running outside of a grocery store. The owner left it running to keep it warm. Police say you should always lock your vehicle doors if you are leaving it unattended.