Vehicle thefts in Pottawatomie County

By The Mercury

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three vehicle thefts and stolen vehicle parts from the southwest portion of Pottawatomie County near Highway 24. 

They are asking anyone with information on any of the crimes to contact the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office at (785)  457-3353.

The lead detective on these cases is Det. Eric Green. Tips may be anonymous.

In the first incident, officials said that on or about June 9, 2012, a 2001 Dodge Dakota was stolen from Frieling Auto Sales on US-24 in Manhattan.

The vehicle did not have keys with it and the Dakota is an extended cab that is black in color. Its wheels are a distinct black color and it had off road lights on the front bumper when stolen, Sheriff Greg Riat said. There was no license plate.

The second occurred on the night of Feb. 16, 2013, when a white 2008 Chevrolet Impala was stolen from a private driveway on Powercat Drive in the Walnut Grove Mobile Home Park in St George.

Riat said the keys were in the vehicle when taken and the vehicle had a Kansas license plate of 692CCF.

Riat said a debit card was inside the vehicle and the suspect used this card at two Topeka stores in the early morning hours of the Feb. 17. Surveillance photos show a younger male who was wearing a tan work type coat, black shirt, and grey pants.  Anyone who may know this man is urged to contact the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, Riat said.

The last incident occurred on or about the Feb. 19, 2013, when a white Ford F-250 regular cab, two wheel drive, diesel truck was taken from a parking lot of a business in the area of Highway 24 and Military Trail Road, just East of Manhattan.  Riat said no keys were left in the vehicle. The vehicle had a Kansas license plate of 048BCB. Riat said the Truck has a F-150 tailgate, diamond plate toolbox in bed and no center caps on the wheels.

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