Man Found Driving Stolen Car in Indiana With License Plate Written in Crayon on a Grocery Bag

A man has been arrested after Indiana State Police pulled over to help him with a flat tire only to discover he was driving a stolen car with a fake license plate written in crayon.

State troopers were patroling on the I-80 Toll Road near the 147mm, just north of Angola, on the afternoon on December 12 when they spotted a motorist who required assistance by the side of the road.

The 20-year-old suspect, Joshua Anthony Lewis-Brown, from Rochester, New York, told police that he was unable to change the tire on his tan Toyota Corolla and required a tow-truck.

When responding to this request, Indiana State Trooper Craig Woodcox noticed that not only was the suspect's DJ39RK driving license fake, it had been handwritten in crayon on a grocery bag.

The troopers then ran a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) check against the car and found it had been reported stolen in State College, Pennsylvania, the previous day.

Lewis-Brown was also not in possession of a valid driver's license and was on probation for grand larceny at the time.

He was then arrested and transported to the Steuben County Jail without further incident.

He faces charges of possession of stolen property, a level 5 felony, and operating without ever obtaining a license, a level C misdemeanor.

Indiana State Police said Lewis-Brown will be held on the state's charges, and will face extradition back to Pennsylvania, where the car was stolen from, pending their local charges.

During the investigation, it was revealed that the car had been stolen after the owner left the engine running and the doors unlocked while he went inside a grocery store. The owner reportedly wanted to keep the car warm during the recent cold weather by not switching the engine off. When he exited the shop, he found the car had been stolen.

In the wake of the incident, Indiana State Police are now warning all motorists that leaving their cars unattended with the engines running and doors unlocked "is never a good idea."

"Auto theft is often a common occurrence during the winter months. This is especially true in our urban neighborhoods where we find a higher concentration of residents wanting to warm their cars unattended in the frigid early morning hours prior to the morning commute," a spokesperson added in a statement.

Indiana State Police did not immediately reply to a request for further comment.

Joshua Anthony Lewis-Brown
Joshua Anthony Lewis-Brown has been charged with possession of stolen property and operating without ever obtaining a license after he was found driving a car with fake license plates. Indiana State Police