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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Wheelbarrow tracks lead to stolen cooling unit; suspect jailed

  • A suspicious activity call involving someone cutting lines on an air conditioner unit at rental property led to police tracking down and arresting a suspect on complaints of burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property.
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  • A suspicious activity call involving someone cutting lines on an air conditioner unit at rental property led to police tracking down and arresting a suspect on complaints of burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property.
    A police report shows officers were dispatched to a home in the 300 block of West 35th Street, where they found trash all over the front yard. There was no response when officers knocked on the door, but then they observed wet pavement where an air conditioning unit appeared to have been.
    Officers also noticed what appeared to be drag marks out of the gate of that residence to the alleyway.
    Officer Daniel Crisp’s report show officers followed those drag marks west to the backyard of a home on West 36th Street, where officers found a washer and dryer sitting by the back fence.
    Police later spoke with maintenance workers of Matthews Rental Properties, who identified the washer and dryer as belonging to the house on 35th Street and also identified window screens that were found in the alley.
    When police went to the front of the 36th Street house, they saw a flatbed truck and knocked on the door, but only heard a dog barking. But in the back of the yard, they saw an open garage door and observed something that looked to be the size of the air conditioner covered by a tarp.
    As other officers arrived, Randall T. Story, 31, came out of the shed in the back yard and gave police consent to search, the reports shows, with officers discovering the air conditioning unit. Story told officers at the scene it came from the home on 35th Street.
    “Story stated the renters told him they were being evicted and he could pay them $150 to take anything from the house he wanted,” the police report shows.
    Story then stated when he cut the cooling unit’s lines, Freon sprayed everywhere. He also told officers what they saw wasn’t drag marks, but marks from a wheelbarrow the evicted renters let him use.
    The maintenance worker also identified the a/c unit and Story was taken into police custody.
    Story and a female from inside the residence on 36th Street were both interviewed by detectives.
    The woman had warrants and went to jail and Story was arrested on complaint of second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property.
    Story remained jailed Wednesday night on $5,000 bond. Formal charges have not been filed, but case reports will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for further review.
     
     
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