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Noblesville police manhunt finds shoplifting suspect

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Noblesville police interrupted traffic on State Road 37 on Friday afternoon after a shoplifting incident at Home Depot led to a manhunt.

Multiple police cars, a drone and a large police van were involved in a manhunt, according to people along State Road 37.

Lt. Bruce Barnes, a spokesman for Noblesville Police Department, said the shoplifting incident happened about 3:45 p.m. at the home-improvement store just northeast of the intersection of State Roads 32/38 and State Road 37. Barnes said two subjects fled in a vehicle and then stopped the vehicle on State Road 37 just north of Greenfield Avenue.

A female suspect stayed with the vehicle, but a male subject fled on foot, Barnes said. The male was located just over an hour later and apprehended without incident.

Authorities identified the suspects involved as Travis Lechner, 28, of Indianapolis, and Tessa Ratliff, 28, of Greenwood.

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Lechner has been charged with theft, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and resisting law enforcement. Ratliff has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a syringe.

Police planned to release more information Friday night.

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