Fugitives from Indiana nabbed in Lake City, police say


Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 6:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 6:29 p.m.

A couple on the run from Indiana authorities who said they stole more than $100,000 worth of rare coins, cash and jewelry last year, were nabbed in a Lake City hotel Sunday morning, a report said.

The Lake City Police Department gave this account: Officers went to the Gateway Inn on U.S. 90 at 8:30 a.m. after a tip from someone who said fugitives Daniel C. Wimmer and Rhonda M. Lee Russell-Smith, were staying there.

After Officers Ivan Useche and Nikki Gunter knocked on the door, Wimmer, 35, gave his name as William S. Russell and provided two different date of births. Officers found his Indiana ID in the room.

Russell-Smith, 47, gave her real name and provided officers with her current Indiana license. Both were arrested on warrants for grand theft from Indiana.

The U-Haul passenger van the two were travelling in was found to have been stolen out of Tennessee Dec. 26.

The pair are accused of stealing the coins, cash and jewelry from a person who had invited them to stay at his home in Clarksville, Ind. in November.

They then fled from Indiana to Delaware then to Nashville before being arrested in Lake City.

Both were being held at the Columbia County Detention Center on a $65,000 total bond on charges that include warrant arrests, vehicle theft and giving false names to law enforcement officers.

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