Gregory Allen Bradshaw (left) & Kenneth Lee Grauman II (right)
ALLEGAN, Mich. (WZZM) - The search for two fugitives who have been on the run since last weekend has spilled over state lines. Authorities found the Ford Taurus that the men are accused of taking Thursday morning in Kokomo, Indiana.
Now, investigators believe the two men stole a Kokomo farmer's pick-up truck with two rifles inside, while the farmer was working in his field. Before that theft, surveillance video outside a grocery store recorded Gregory Bradshaw and Kenneth Grauman going into the store with their girlfriends.
Bradshaw's grandmother, Janet Leverich, read a letter from Bradshaw a few days before the escape.
"It says, 'grandma and grandpa how are you doing?'" Leverich continued reading the letter saying, "This is the first time I've ever gotten into the Bible and I wish I had done it a long time ago," reads Leverich.
Leverich also made a plea to her grandson.
"This is your grandma and you need to turn yourself in."
Investigators say Bradshaw and fellow inmate Kenneth Grauman escaped from a Lake County re-entry program on Saturday.
"The family is concerned. We don't want to see these kids get shot," says Leverich.
"They were almost caught in Kent County, then almost caught twice in Allegan County, and now they barely escaped being caught in Indiana," says Lieutenant Frank Baker with the Allegan County Sheriffs Department.
Lieutenant Baker says their stolen vehicle was spotted by a Kokomo, Indiana police officer early Thursday morning.
"He saw what he felt was a suspicious vehicle, was going to stop it investigate it, and at the same time was called away, so once again law enforcement was just moments from catching them," says Lieutenant Baker.
Baker believes the two men are still with their girlfriends, Laura Grauman and Brittany Rector.
Leverich says her grandson only had 50 days left in the program and she blames the escape on Grauman.
"He (Grauman) influenced him (Bradshaw), talked him into it," says Leverich.
Now that the escape has crossed state lines, federal authorities will have a greater role.
"The number of jurisdictions interested in catching these individuals is expanding," says Lieutenant Baker.
Leverich hopes her grandson is taken into custody safely, before his birthday in two weeks. Leverich told WZZM 13 her family wants to apologize for any harm done to the community.
Lieutenant Baker estimates the search cost the Allegan County Sheriffs Department more than $10,000. The U.S. Marshals are offering up to $1,500 for a tip that leads to an arrest.