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The Galesburg Register-Mail
November 15, 2004
KNOXVILLE – A Knoxville woman is in the Knox County jail after reportedly stealing a pickup truck early Sunday. Susan J. Plue, 58, 607 Glenway Ave., was arrested at 1:02 p.m. Sunday for felony motor vehicle theft. If found guilty, she could be sentenced to two to five years in prison.
According to police reports, Peter Alfano, 309 W. North St., reported his 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 4×4 stolen at 8:58 a.m. Sunday. He had left the truck parked in his driveway around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
A Knox County Sheriff’s deputy saw a truck parked in the middle of a harvested corn field on Illinois 41, two miles south of Knox Highway 10. He later confirmed the pickup truck belonged to Alfano.
Around 7 a.m. Sunday, he found Plue walking in a cornfield near the intersection of Illinois 41 and Knox Highway 10 and drove her home.
When police went to Plue’s residence, a man answered the door and said Plue was in the bedroom. They reportedly found her sitting on the floor between the bed and a wall, covered with a quilt. Police said she was crying, but kept repeating she was guilty and sorry she had stolen the truck.
When Plue would not remove the quilt, police took it off of her and saw a prescription bottle of pills in her hand. She took the lid off the pills, but police were able to get the pills away from her before she took any of them. The pills were prescription Effexor XR, an antidepressant.
Plue was taken to the Knoxville Police Station, where she reportedly said her car had been repossessed and she needed a ride to go visit a friend. When she couldn’t find anyone to take her, she found the truck and drove it to Illinois 41, where she parked it in the cornfield, put the keys in the seat, locked the doors and left the truck.
Police said the truck did not appear to be damaged and Plue signed a written statement.
Plue is scheduled to make her first appearance in Knox County Circuit Court today.