Former auction house owner Kruse released on bond

AUBURN, Ind. (AP) — Former auction house owner Dean V. Kruse has been released on bond after surrendering to face a theft charge out of Pennsylvania alleging that he never paid a man $38,000 for selling an antique hearse.

The Herald Republican of Angola reports Kruse was released Wednesday afternoon from the DeKalb County Jail in Auburn after posting $5,000 bond.

Kruse’s attorney, Margaret Grimm, had asked a DeKalb Superior Court judge to release Kruse on his own recognizance, calling him a “pillar of the community.” The judge agreed and set Kruse’s extradition hearing for Oct. 28.

A Pennsylvania court issued a warrant for Kruse’s arrest this week after prosecutors accused him of theft.

Last year, Indiana suspended Kruse’s auctioneer’s license and stripped his former auction house Kruse International of its license.


Information from: Herald Republican,

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