Archive for Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Pickup truck found burning in field

October 25, 2000

Leavenworth County sheriff`s officers are seeking information about a truck fire earlier this month.

Sgt. Charles Yates, of the Leavenworth County Sheriff`s Department, said Chuck Magaha, the county`s emergency preparedness director, was traveling on 190th Street about a mile south of Evans Road, when he reported that a pickup was being burned in a field. The incident occurred about 8:20 a.m. Oct. 10.

"He noticed that vehicle was sitting in an open field," Yates said. "He also noticed a second vehicle sitting along the side of a road occupied by a female and as he went by that car, he waved and she acknowledged him. Then he saw there was a white male in the backseat lying down and as soon as he went by, the male sat up."

The individuals were in a dark blue Chevy Monte Carlo that was about 10 years old.

Then, Yates said, Magaha noticed that the vehicle in the field, a 1991 Nissan pickup truck, was partially on fire.

"He stopped, called in and indicated to the dispatcher that possibly there was a stolen vehicle at that location that was being burned," Yates said.

Magaha extinguished the fire on the right rear corner of the vehicle. The suspects fled the scene.

"He attempted to follow the vehicle and he kept us posted on the location," Yates said. "He lost sight of them, by the time we managed to get in the area, they had eluded us."

As of Tuesday, the Kansas City, Kan., man who owns the vehicle had not reported it missing.

"According to the phone call we made, he was out of the country and had not reported the car as stolen," Yates said.

The truck, which is temporarily being kept at S & S Body Shop, had been doused with gasoline through the cab and rear bed of the truck, Yates said.

"We did find a gasoline can at the scene which we believe was used in trying to burn the vehicle," he added.

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