Ark City man, three teens arrested in chase, auto-theft case

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Arkansas City police were able to track down and arrest four people April 10 after a short police chase involving a stolen car. 

Nathaniel Scott Barber, 18, of Arkansas City, was arrested on suspicion of criminal use of a financial card, fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, and felony theft of a motor vehicle.

He was booked into Cowley County Jail on $2,000 bond. 

Three teen boys -- a 15-year-old and 17-year-old from Arkansas City and a 16-year-old from Kaw City, Oklahoma  -- were arrested on felony theft charges. Two of the juveniles also were arrested on suspicion of fleeing and eluding.

All three boys were taken to Cowley County Juvenile Intake.

The day before, police took a report of a red Chevrolet Cruze being stolen from an address in Arkansas City. Inside the vehicle were two purses belonging to two 20-year-old women. The purses contained cash, credit cards and identification cards.

Police recognized the stolen vehicle at B Street and Madison Avenue in Ark City April 10. A short pursuit ensued, until the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. They were arrested a short time later.

Police were able to determine the identities of the suspects and learned that they had tried to use one of the victims’ credit cards at Casey’s General Store, located at 601 S. Summit St., Arkansas City.

Further investigation allowed police to make the arrests in connection with the stolen vehicle.

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