Four juveniles and an Ark City man have been arrested as suspects in the investigation of a stolen car and thefts from vehicles at Suttles Auto and Transmission Repair in Ark City, police said Wednesday.
Around 9:30 p.m. Monday, police arrived at the business in response to an alarm call. When they arrived they found the front door of the building had been forced open.
The suspects had fled by the time officers arrived but a check of the premises, located in the 900 block of N. F, led to the discovery that a 1998 Ford Taurus was missing from Suttles Auto. Officers, with help from deputies of the Cowley County Sheriff’s Dept., searched the area for the car.
It was recovered near D St. and Linden Ave. by a deputy, but the suspects were nowhere to be found. Further investigation found that numerous vehicles at Suttles had been burglarized and had items removed from them.
At 5 p.m. Tuesday, owners at Suttles called to say that several individuals were a the property looking through vehicles. The subjects were pursued, police said, and apprehended by a sheriff’s deputy in the area.
Three juveniles were taken into custody.
During interviews, police were told that the juveniles, one adult, and one other juvenile were responsible for the previous nights crimes and additional crimes of stealing another vehicle, joyriding a third vehicle, and burglarizing additional cars at the Suttles location on Tuesday.
The group also was linked to other car burglaries at the middle school and Sleeth Addition. They were also implicated in causing damage to windows on buildings and vehicles, according to police chief Sean Wallace
Along with four juvenile arrests, police took Donovan Anthony Dean, 23, into custody on charges of commercial burglary, criminal damage to property, two counts of motor vehicle burglary and theft, two counts of felony theft of motor vehicles, and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors.
Dean was transported to the Cowley County Jail on a bond of $15,000.
The juvenile suspects were transported to Cowley County Juvenile Intake for later transfer to the Hutchinson Juvenile Detention Facility pending a court hearing.