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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Traffic stop leads to arrests; stolen loot found

  • A traffic stop for speeding resulted in Shawnee police recovering stolen property, making three arrests and locating a runaway juvenile.
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    A traffic stop for speeding resulted in Shawnee police recovering stolen property, making three arrests and locating a runaway juvenile.
    Patrol Officer Greg Van Brunt’s report shows he was on routine patrol in the area of Burns and Pottenger Streets when he noticed a car moving at a high rate of speed.
    He stopped that vehicle and asked the driver for her license and insurance, and then attempted to check backgrounds of three males also in the car.
    There were conflicting reports on the names some of the occupants gave police as they worked the scene, with false or alias names originally given.
    The driver, found to be driving under suspension, was detained. Police impounded and inventoried the vehicle, where they found a .380 pistol and a magazine with bullets was shoved into the dash where a stereo should be, with police discovering it as being reported stolen, the report shows.
    Police then found three backpacks in the car containing a laptop computer, an iPad and three video cameras.
    According to the report, those items also were confirmed to be reported stolen by the same owner of the firearm.
    As a result of the traffic stop, three arrests were made; formal charges have not been filed.
    The driver, Brena Saunders, 20, was arrested on compalints of driving without a license, no tag light, possession of stolen property and obstruction.
    Passenger Justin Harjo, 24, was arrested on complaints of possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction and obstruction.
    Passenger Stephen Wapskineh, 20, was jailed on complaints of possession of stolen property and obstruction.
    All three remained jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Friday on $10,000 bond.
    The runaway juvenile, age 17, was released to his mother, according to the report.
    The case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges.
     
     

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