Two men arrested for thefts of vehicles
A 35-year-old Galena man and a 32-year-old Leavenworth man reportedly were involved in multiple vehicle thefts Saturday evening and Sunday morning in Jefferson and Leavenworth counties.
During one of the thefts, the men stole a Jeep from a home in Jefferson County and then wrecked the vehicle near McLouth. The men then called for a tow truck. When the tow truck driver was out of the tow vehicle, the men allegedly jumped in the wrecker and left the area between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
Leavenworth County sheriff's officers located the wrecker about a half-mile south of 206th Street and Kreider Road after receiving a tip that the wrecker was traveling south on 206th Street near Sandusky. The men fled on foot as officers pursued and were found minutes later, as they tried to take a truck and attached trailer from a residence in the 13400 block of 206th Street in Linwood.
The Galena man seemed to be far from home. Galena is in extreme southeast Kansas.
But Capt. Randy Carreno of the Jefferson County sheriff's office said the man said he had reason to be in northeast Kansas.
"He stated he was in the area looking for employment," Carreno said.
The men were connected to four thefts -- two each in Jefferson and Leavenworth counties. In Jefferson, the Galena man was arrested on charges of three counts of felony theft and two counts of failure to report an accident. The Leavenworth man was arrested on charges of two counts each of felony theft and failure to report an accident, Carreno said.
The men are in sheriff's custody at the Jefferson County Jail. As of Monday, no charges had been filed in court.