Search in Zionsville for Indy 500 pace car thief comes up short


By Ann Marie Shambaugh

Police are searching for a man who drove an Indy 500 pace car through a showroom glass window and down four cement steps at an Indianapolis car dealer and fled on foot after abandoning the vehicle near Ford Road and Irishman’s Run Lane.

The Zionsville Police Dept. found the disabled car on the side of the road before 1 a.m. April 9 after a resident in the Fox Hollow neighborhood called 911 to report a man seeking shelter at their home.

As ZPD began its search, they heard about the car being stolen from the Bill Estes Chevrolet showroom on 96th St. in northwest Indianapolis and realized the incidents were related.

Officers from ZPD, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept., Whitestown Police Dept. and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office joined forces to search the area. The Zionsville Fire Department also assisted in the search with a thermal imaging device.

IMPD and ZPD each brought in police dogs to help search for the suspect, whom they believe suffered injuries in the incident.

“The K9 dogs were able to track an individual but they did eventually lose that track and were not successful,” said ZPD Capt. Robert Musgrave.

Police sent extra patrols through the surrounding area overnight but did not locate the suspect, who was described as a white male without a shirt. Police dogs did locate a white T-shirt believed to belong to the suspect.

The pace car was one of 100 made for the 2015 Indianapolis 500. The keys were in the car and its convertible top was down when the suspect broke into the showroom. Police returned the car to Bill Estes Chevrolet.

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