Archive for Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Burglary suspects arrested in Jefferson County

One remains at-large

January 30, 2008


Three burglary suspects were arrested earlier his morning by Jefferson County Sheriff's officers after a car chase and manhunt that began in Meridan.

A fourth suspect remains at large, but officers think they know who he is, Undersheriff Jeff Herrig said.

At 3:43 a.m., an officer responded to a burglar alarm at K-4 Mini Storage in Meridan and arrived three minutes later to find the suspects getting into a van, Herrig said. The officer pursued the van about 5 miles south of town until the van missed a curve and struck some trees. The suspects fled on foot.

The officer, identified as Kevin Gibson, had a dog with him and was able to track down one suspect who hiding near a swimming pool at a residence, Herrig said. Two other suspects - a man and a woman - were caught after a tow truck driver who was picking up the van saw them walking along a road, the undersheriff said.

Helicopters from the Topeka Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol aided the search. Officers gave up the hunt for the fourth suspect after daybreak, Herrig said.

All four suspects are from Topeka, Herrig said. Formal charges are pending. Three of the storage units were broken into but officers weren't sure what was taken. Late this morning, they were seeking a warrant to search the van, Herrig said.


staff04 10 years, 2 months ago

Why do you need a warrant to search the van that is witnessed being used in a burglary? Isn't that probable cause?

Just curious...

redfred 10 years, 2 months ago

To bad for them they choose Jeff county. If they had been in Douglas they would have gotten away since DGSO has a no chase policy.

akt2 10 years, 2 months ago

It sounds like the Jefferson County authorities don't hesitate to chase thiefs down. With dogs and helicopters even. In sub zero temperatures. Impressive.

Sigmund 10 years, 2 months ago

If I recall correctly searches of vehicles while on public roads, pursuant to an arrest of the driver, or impounded by police generally do not require warrant. However, when there is time to seek a warrant, as in the case here, there is no reason not to get one.

1julie1 10 years, 2 months ago

Aside from the other points being discussed... Would it be that hard for the J-W to learn to spell the names of the towns within its service area? If a story about a robbery in MeridEn is worth reporting about, then wouldn't it be worth learning how to spell the name of the town?

greenworld 10 years, 2 months ago

search warrants......wait a minute, let's see ask YEllow House I think they are experts on those.

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