Suspect Arrested In Broken Down Motorist Scam, Theft
By Mike Perleberg
(Batesville, Ind.) – Batesville Police say they and other law enforcement agencies have cracked the case of a thief who pretended to be a stranded motorists on the shoulder of Interstate 74.
In March, officers responded to a report that a male suspect appeared to be a motorists in need of assistance on the interstate near the Batesville exit. He allegedly scammed an elderly Batesville couple out of money. Later, he stole from the home of the same couple a wallet containing several credit cards, money, and other personal affects.
Investigators learned that there were similar other reports made by nearby law enforcement agencies. Those reports described the same technique as was used in the Batesville incident.
After a lengthy investigation, police developed a suspect: Michael Chad O’Toole of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Batesville Police were assisted by the Harrison (Ohio) Police Department and the Hamilton County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office in gathering enough information to identify O’Toole, 38, as the culprit.
A charge of Theft (Class D felony) was filed against O’Toole by Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel.
O’Toole was arrested in Ohio on April 28. He is currently being held inside the Hamilton County jail awaiting extradition to Indiana to face the charge.