The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Columbus Field Division, the Goshen Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation — the trade association for the firearms industry — have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the robbery of firearms from MC Sports in Goshen.
MC Sports is a federal firearms licensee. The ATF is offering a reward of $7,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of $14,000.
This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers.
ATF and the Goshen Police Department are investigating the theft of firearms during an armed robbery of the sporting goods store. The robbery occurred during the evening hours on Dec. 14 at 4024 Elkhart Road, Goshen. Among the items stolen were firearms and rounds of ammunition, ATF and Goshen police officials said.
“The theft of firearms from licensed gun dealers is a top priority for ATF,” said Michael Boxler, special agent in charge of the ATF Columbus Field Division. “This is a crime that impacts public safety and something that ATF takes very seriously. We need to identify the individuals that committed this robbery and hold them accountable for their actions. We also know that tips from the public have resulted in the recovery of stolen firearms.”
ATF and the Goshen Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the people responsible. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867); the Goshen Police Department at 574-533-8661; or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 800-342-STOP.
Heart attack may have caused crash
Indiana State Police this week announced that a Leesburg man who crashed his vehicle into the Old Leesburg Mill in Kosciusko County Dec. 13 reportedly had a heart attack which later claimed his life.
According to the report, the accident happened shortly after 10 a.m. Dec. 13 and started when an eastbound Chevrolet pickup driven by Mark Archer, 52, of Leesburg, veered off Old Ind. 15 for an unknown reason, continued east across a set of railroad tracks and struck an ornamental Amish buggy before colliding with the old mill. Police said Archer told them he blacked out prior to leaving the roadway and crashing into the building.
Archer sustained very minor injuries as a result of the crash. However, he was transported to Parkview Hospital Fort Wayne at his request for further examination. Upon examination at the hospital, police said it was determined Archer had experienced a heart attack and he immediately underwent emergency surgery, which was unsuccessful.
Following an investigation into the crash, it was determined that Archer had suffered the heart attack prior to the crash, which caused him to lose consciousness.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office conducted a death investigation after the emergency surgery at Parkview Hospital. The office reportedly determined the cause of death as complications stemming from the heart attack and not as a result of the crash.
• A 49-year-old female was walking across the street at the intersection of Jackson and Main streets in Goshen at 5:58 a.m. Thursday when she was reportedly struck by a vehicle. Police indicated that the vehicle failed to stop following the collision. The female was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment of pain to her legs.
• A New Paris man and a Goshen woman were injured in a two-vehicle collision at 3:34 p.m. Wednesday near Goshen. According to Elkhart County police, Elise Wright, 23, Goshen, was driving her vehicle north on Ind. 15, just south of C.R. 46. A second vehicle, driven by Brian Riggle, 19, New Paris, was stopped at a stop sign on C.R. 46 at the Ind. 15 intersection facing west. Riggle reportedly failed to yield the right of way and entered the intersection, causing Wright’s vehicle to collide with his vehicle. Riggle complained of neck pain and was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment. Wright suffered chest and ankle pain. Riggle was cited for failure to yield the right of way.
• Richard H. Hochstetler, 411 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police he noticed fraudulent activity on his bank account at 1 a.m. Dec. 13. Hochstetler also told police he let an acquaintance borrow his car and they have failed to return the vehicle.
• Kezia Hickey, 513 Mercer Ave., Goshen, reported theft and damage to her personal property to Goshen police at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
• Devon Garcia, 2932 Elkhart Road, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole money from her State of Indiana child support card. The transaction reportedly originated in England.
• A 12-year-old male of Goshen was caught shoplifting at Martin’s Supermarket, 1527 Bashor Road, Goshen, at 8:44 p.m. Wednesday. The juvenile was arrested by Goshen police and then released to his guardian.
• Justin R. Yoder, 10065 C.R. 24, Elkhart, told Elkhart County police he lost his debit card while in Goshen sometime before Dec. 7. Yoder told police he then noticed several unauthorized transactions on his debit card at noon Dec. 12 totaling approximately $750.
Animal Cruelty reports
• Goshen police officers were dispatched to a report of abandoned animals in a vacant apartment in the 400 block of East Jefferson Street at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday. The animals were taken into protective custody by the Elkhart County Humane Society and a report was taken.
• Justin James, an employee of Elkhart County Community Corrections, 201 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, told Elkhart County police he was bitten, pinched and struck by a subject who was being transported to the Elkhart County Jail at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
• Mackenzie D. Hunley, 18, 15625 C.R. 44, Goshen, told Elkhart County police he wanted to turn himself in for possession of synthetic marijuana while on probation at 10:08 p.m. Wednesday.
• Anthony Sturgill, 28, 205 E. James St., Wolcottville, was arrested by LaGrange County police Wednesday on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
• Lucas Tigchelaar, 33, 5468 East Y Ave., Vicksburg, Mich., was arrested by LaGrange County police Wednesday on a charge of theft.
• Matthew Herendeen, 37, 2375 S. 460 E., LaGrange, was arrested by LaGrange County police Wednesday on a charge of maintaining a common nuisance.