Chillicothe police officers recover stolen vehicle within 3 minutes of receiving report

Auto Theft or Stolen Vehicle

Chillicothe Dispatchers received a report of a stolen vehicle on Tuesday night from the 200 block of North Washington Street. In just a matter of minutes, the vehicle was located and one person was arrested on several allegations.

Police report a 2012 Lincoln SUV was taken from a convenience store and headed north on Highway 65. While an officer was northbound in the 2600 block of North Washington, he observed a vehicle matching the description at the fuel pumps of the convenience store at that location. The officer contacted an individual there who was attempting to put fuel into the vehicle.

A 39-year-old Chillicothe resident was arrested for vehicle theft and found in unlawful possession of “Brass Knuckles”, alleged possession of methamphetamine, and was described as fraudulently using a credit device of the SUV’s owner in the attempt to purchase fuel for the vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody on a Missouri Probation/Parole warrant for an alleged violation.

Assistant Chief Rick Sampsel reported approximately 3 minutes passed from the time of the initial reported theft of the vehicle until the time of recovery by the officer. Police noted the investigation lead to three recent cases of reported vehicle thefts within Chillicothe.

The suspect, whose name has not yet released, was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail pending the filing of Livingston county charges.