A wanted suspect from Michigan reportedly stole a staff member’s car Friday off the campus at Indian Lake High School, before he was ultimately apprehended by law enforcement.
Indian Lake staff reviewed security camera footage and worked closely with officers of the Washington Township Police Department to identify and arrest the male suspect.
A substitute teacher at ILHS observed an unknown person on campus about 10:30 a.m. Friday, and immediately notified school administrators.
The teacher, “immediately alerted school officials, who called Washington Township Police and confirmed all doors to the outside on campus were locked,” school officials reported. Assistant High School Principal Dave Coburn conducted a search of the campus, but was unable to locate the suspect.
A review of security footage, “showed an unknown man leaving a car in the ILHS front parking lot, running across the north side of the building and trying to open vehicles in the student parking lot,” according to a press release from the school.
“The person eventually stole a staff member’s vehicle. He never attempted to enter any of the school buildings.”
The suspect and stolen vehicle were soon recovered when the individual reportedly showed up at a medical facility for treatment. He reportedly stole a car in Michigan, drove into Ohio, abandoned that vehicle at ILHS and then stole the staff member’s vehicle.
“Our staff was alert and sprung into action immediately to make sure our students remained safe during this event,” Indian Lake Superintendent Rob Underwood said.
“I want to thank the substitute teacher and ILHS Assistant Principal Dave Coburn for their quick action. In addition, I want to commend our technology department for recently upgrading the cameras on campus. They helped us to see that the threat was over almost as soon as it began.”
Washington Township Police are working with authorities in Michigan as part of their investigation. The identity of the suspect has not yet been released.