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CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Three vehicles have been stolen – two of them from Christian County residences – during the day on Thursday, Dec. 2. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said one of thhe vehicles was taken near Palmer and the other, in Kincaid.
The sheriff’s office was notified of a one-vehicle accident near Township Road 775E on Illinois Route 48 in rural Palmer at 8:52 a.m. The caller to 911 said they observed two people running from the scene. Deputies responded and began looking for the pair.
It was discovered the 2012 Chevy Silverado had been stolen in Decatur. There was apparently another individual in the truck, Derek D. Hrabusicky, 36, of Taylorville. Authorities believe Hrabusicky was a passenger in the stolen truck. He was apparently injured and taken by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
Later that morning, at 10:59 a.m., 911 received another call of a stolen vehicle, this time in Kincaid at a residence 502 North Ave. A gray 2015 Jeep Latitude was missing from the driveway, but there was a Ford F-150 pickup truck sitting in the driveway, which didn’t belong to the resident. It was discovered the F-150 had been stolen in rural Palmer, not too far from the accident scene.
Another call came into the sheriff’s office at 11:30 a.m. where a woman from Clarksdale reported seeing a suspicious person at her residence. She told authorities a black male subject had exited a silver truck. The individual walked up to the woman’s car – which was locked – looked inside the car, then got back into the pickup and it drove away. The woman said the incident happened about 9:20 a.m., some two hours after the incident was reported.
Kettelkamp said the Jeep stolen in Kincaid has license plate number KRISTI4. It is believed the vehicle was spotted in the Decatur area, but authorities have not confirmed the information. The sheriff warns people not to approach the vehicle if spotted, but immediately call the Christian Sheriff’s office or 911.
The suspects are described a white male male, wearing a yellow sweatshirt and a black male or female, who is shorter with black, braided hair.
In addition, Kettelkamp encourages everyone to lock your vehicle and take the keys with you, no matter where you are. He also said if someone observes suspicious activity, you immediately call authorities.
In addition to the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Illinois State Police, Christian County K-9 Unit, Taylorville Police Department, the Morrisonville-Palmer Fire Department and the Morrisonville Ambulance Service assisted in the investigation on Thursday.