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Man charged in credit union heist

September 14, 2018

A Fort Wayne man was charged Monday with one count of bank robbery after last month’s heist of Partners 1st Credit Union, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Indiana.

The federal complaint against Larry Ratliff, 46, stems from a robbery Aug. 18 at the credit union, 6210 W. Jefferson Blvd., where a lone man entered the bank, threatened employees and took $10,000 in cash. The man fled in a white pickup that had been reported stolen from an Indianapolis construction company, according to the news release.

Several hours after the robbery, the pickup was found still running behind a nearby apartment complex. Fingerprints belonging to Ratliff were found inside the truck, and an employee also identified Ratliff as the suspect, the news release said.

The FBI, Organized Crime and Corruption Unit of the Indiana State Police, Allen County Sheriff’s Department and Fort Wayne Police Department investigated the case. 

Rollover kills Kosciusko driver

A Syracuse man died after a crash Thursday morning near Pierceton, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department said.

The sheriff’s department said in a news release that emergency responders were called to U.S. 30 at County Road 250 South just before 2 a.m.

They found Christopher J. Pezan, 23, who had been ejected from the car he was driving west on U.S. 30, the release said.

Officers believe Pezan lost control of the car, causing it to go into a ditch and roll several times. Pezan died at the scene, the release said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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