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Wade Barrette Lohse Courtesy Salem Police Department.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A fugitive from Louisiana believed to have stolen a sport utility vehicle in Salem in early April was arrested a few days later in Philadelphia, and the stolen SUV was recovered.
Wade Barrett Lohse had failed to appear in a Louisiana court on charges of vehicular homicide, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and burglary, and authorities, including the U.S. Marshals Service, were searching for him.
On April 11, Salem police were called to Sheraton Drive about 9 p.m. regarding a suspicious vehicle — a white 2011 Mazda 6 with Louisiana license plates — and determined the car was stolen from Louisiana. The next morning, police said, they learned the SUV may have been driven there by Lohse.
That same morning, a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with an “I Have A Great Dane That Is Smarter Than Your Honors Student” bumper sticker was reported stolen from Sycamore Drive in Salem, near where the Mazda was found. Police guessed that Lohse had stolen the SUV because of its location near the abandoned Mazda.
Just four days later, on April 16, Lohse was arrested in Philadelphia and the next day the stolen SUV was found unoccupied in Dover, N.J., about 100 miles north of Philadelphia, a Salem news release said Tuesday.
An investigation into the theft is ongoing.
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