Victim Of Car Theft Suspected Of Stealing From Police While Officers Investigated

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The victim of a car theft has been arrested, suspected of stealing from Wichita Police officers who were there to investigate.

Police say they responded to a call of a stolen vehicle in the 1800 block of N. Woodland at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Officers arrived and began talking to the victims to gather information. The victims, an 18-year-old male and 20-year-old female, told officers they had a good idea of who had taken the car.

Police say information from the victims led them to make an arrest and eventually recover the stolen vehicle.

At one point during the on-scene interviews, one of the victims was sitting in a supervisor's vehicle to be out of the cold. The supervisor was standing outside talking to the other officers, police said.

"Unbeknownst to the supervisor, the victim started helping himself to items in the police car, including some small electronic portable devices, business cards, as well as a couple of batteries and prepaid debit cards we use to keep our cars clean," Lt. Doug Nolte said.

Nobody knew about the theft while on scene. It wasn't until they went back to city hall to continue interviews that they knew something was wrong. That's because when they got back they asked the victims to empty their pockets, a standard procedure for anyone coming into the building under similar circumstances. What the 18-year-old had with hm surprised the officers.

"They noticed there were several items including the business cards and the prepaid debit cards," Nolte said. "The detectives thought this was odd and followed up with the supervisor and found that in fact the stuff was missing out of the police car."

To conclude the strange turn of events, police took the car theft victim into custody.

"The victim of our auto theft was ultimately arrested and placed in jail for the theft of all of those items," Nolte said.

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