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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Benz bust: Police recover stolen Mercedes, two suspects arrested

  • While many were eating Thanksgiving meals Thursday afternoon, Shawnee police on patrol recovered a stolen Mercedes Benz while tracking down a suspect with outstanding warrants. Now two people are jailed as part of that stolen car investigation.
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  • While many were eating Thanksgiving meals Thursday afternoon, Shawnee police on patrol recovered a stolen Mercedes Benz while tracking down a suspect with outstanding warrants. Now two people are jailed as part of that stolen car investigation.
    Both suspects spent the rest of their Thanksgiving behind bars and remained jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Friday afternoon on complaints of possession of a stolen vehicle. Formal charges have not been filed in this case.
    According to reports by Shawnee police, the two arrested were identified as Amanda Powell, 21, and John Douglas Stein, 31.
    Patrol Officer Nathan Helm was in the area of 10th and Kickapoo Street Thursday when he noticed a white Mercedes Benz northbound on Kickapoo Street turn west onto 10th Street. He observed the occupants were not wearing seat belts, according to reports, and when the car passed by his unit, the officer noticed Powell was the passenger. Helm reported he was advised by dispatch moments later that she had six outstanding city warrants.
    The officer attempted to turn around and find the vehicle in the same area, but noticed no traffic.
    Dispatchers then gave out information that someone called police about a suspicious white, four-door car in the alley between Kickapoo and Aydelotte Streets, so Helm responded to that area.
    Officer Dennis Rains also drove by that area, which also was where Powell was known to reside at times. The officer noticed a male as sitting in the driver’s seat of a Mercedes backed in a driveway in the 800 block of North McKinley.
    Officers, which noted in their reports that Powell allegedly has a history of running from law enforcement, stayed in the area and later noticed Powell was outside by the Mercedes so officers pulled up to the house.
    When she started to walk toward the backyard, “I yelled for her to stop,” Helm reported, but then she allegedly ran into the backyard, circled an outbuilding and then went back toward the front yard area where Officer Rains was standing so Nelm took her into police custody.
    At the scene, officers had dispatchers check the Mercedes license plate, which revealed that it had been reported stolen out of Oklahoma City. The male suspect at the scene, later identified as Stein, was detained.
    Stein allegedly told police he borrowed the car and didn’t know it was stolen, the report shows, and allegedly said he was driving the car and did not have a license, according to reports.
    Powell was jailed for the city warrants and both were arrested on complaints of possession of a stolen vehicle. Powell also was cited and booked into jail for resisting arrest.
    Page 2 of 2 - Once the case and investigative reports are complete, they will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges.
     
     
     

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