String of thefts in Pottawatomie County

By The Mercury

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a series of possibly related thefts from construction sites located between Manhattan and Wamego.

Sheriff Greg Riat said the thefts started around April 20 at a construction site north of Highway 24 on Green Valley Road.

The most recent burglary was reported on May 15 from a construction site north of Highway 24 on Megan Lane in rural St.George. The suspects reportedly entered a construction trailer and stole construction tools with an estimated value of $1000. 

Deputies are also investigating several burglaries to construction trailers on Green Valley Road in rural Manhattan.

Riat said that sometime during the overnight hours of April 20 to the morning of April 21, an unknown person or persons broke into several of the trailers and removed construction tools and construction equipment that had an estimated value of more than $3000. 

In another incident, on May 5, an unknown person or persons entered into the fenced area behind Griffith Lumber on Levee Drive, Riat said. Once inside, the suspect or suspects entered a white 2008 GMC box truck. 

Riat said the suspect started the truck and drove it through the fence. The GMC box truck was white in color with Griffith Lumber on the doors. 

The truck was later recovered on May 6 in the 500 block of Bertrand Street.

Damages from this incident are in excess of $1,000. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office at (785) 457-3353 for Green. Callers may remain anonymous.

Deputies are also investigating the theft of two pick-up trucks from the area of Bluebird Road, north of Highway 24.

The victim reported that the trucks were taken sometime around the May 7 or 8.

Riat said they are owned by Bob Hull Inc. and contained utility and general work tools.

The first truck is a 2004 Chevrolet HD 2500 4-by-4, white in color with a Duramax Diesel.

The truck is a crew cab with a pickup bed that contained a tool box behind the cab, and then a fuel tank behind the tool box with a hand pump.  At the time of the theft the license plate on this vehicle was 416-DWD.

The second pickup is a 2005 Chevrolet HD 2500 4 by 4 that is maroon in color.  It is also a crew cab with a pick-up bed, Riat said. 

The bed on the pick-up has a tool box against the cab and one on each side of the bed and has “Bob Hull Inc” lettering in the back window.

At the time of the theft the license plate on this vehicle was 418-DWD. 

Riat said the 2005 Chevrolet HD 2005 was recovered in Topeka on May 12 by the Topeka Police Department.

Detectives believe that the same suspects may be responsible for these crimes. 

The Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to note any unusual activity at construction sites after hours.

They also ask that anyone with information on these burglaries contacts the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office at (785) 457-3353.

Officials are offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

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