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6 vehicles reported stolen from Manhattan businesses

By The Mercury

Six vehicles were stolen from three Manhattan businesses between 6 pm Sunday night and 8 am Monday morning, according to a report from Pottawatomie County authorities.

On Monday, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Frieling Auto Sales, 7846 U.S. Highway 24, reporting three stolen vehicles: a 2001 dark green Dodge Ram extended-cab pickup valued at $5,995; a white 2000 Ford extended-cab pickup valued at $4995; and a white 2004 Cadillac Deville valued at $9,550. The Cadillac was recovered on Interstate Highway 70 in Geary County near Mile Marker 313. 

Frieling’s office was also burglarized. The items stolen include a laptop computer HP G72 valued at $550, a Blackberry cell phone model 8530 and 14 sets of car keys.

According to a report from Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riat, while authorities were investigating the thefts, they discovered other vehicles had been reported stolen from Purple Wave Auction, 825 Levee Drive, and Fritzson Auto Sales, 7875 US Highway 24. 

A white 2004 Cadillac Escalade valued at $7,000 was stolen from Purple Wave. It was found at the south end of Hoffman Lane in Manhattan where a green 1995 Ford Explorer from Fritzon also was recovered. The Explorer was valued at $1,000.

The window of a white 2000 Jeep Cherokee also was broken out at Purple Wave Auction.

Riat said that since the thefts and vehicle recoveries, no additional vehicles have been found. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office at (785) 457-3353.

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