Man Wanted for Auto Theft Arrested Following Traffic Stop

Russell Kearney
Aaron Hoffman

A man wanted for auto theft may now face some additional charges, following a traffic stop Sunday night near Bourbon. Marshall County Police say it happened shortly after 9:00 Sunday night in the area of U.S. 30 and State Road 331.

Officers say they pulled over a car driven by Russell Joseph Kearney, 48, of Syracuse for speeding. During the traffic stop, police reportedly learned that Kearney had an active arrest warrant for auto theft through Kosciusko County. He was also allegedly driving with a suspended license.

Additionally, officers say they found what they believe to be methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Kearney was arrested, along with his passenger, Aaron J. Hoffman, 33, of Warsaw.