Someone, or multiple someones, stole and caused considerable damage to an SUV owned by deputy Cowley County attorney Jim Spring.
Just before 2 a.m. Sunday, Winfield police found the vehicle hung up in some fencing at the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Center just south of Whittier Elementary School. The thief or thieves had stuffed some leaves in the backseat of the silver 2009 Ford Escape, in an apparent attempt to light the vehicle on fire, police chief Danny Parker said.
The fire was quickly extinguished and did not damage the vehicle much. The exterior of the vehicle, though, suffered considerable damage, Parker said.
The vehicle, with the keys left in it, was parked on a concrete pad at Spring’s residence on E. 11th when it was taken.
Spring told police he’d last known the vehicle to be in its rightful place as late as 8 p.m. Saturday.
Authorities have possession of the vehicle and are processing it for possible evidence. So far, no suspects have been identified in the case.
Spring also served a four-year term as Cowley County attorney and is a long-time local resident.