Two arrested after pickup theft

The truck was returned to its owner, Iola Police Chief Jared Warner said.


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May 2, 2022 - 4:23 PM

Two suspects are in jail after they were accused of stealing a pickup Friday.

Nathan Patton, Iola, and Trevett Martin, LaHarpe, are accused of stealing the pickup from the 600 block of North Street in Iola.

The theft report came in early Friday afternoon.

A short while later, LaHarpe Police Chief Joe Stotler found a vehicle matching the stolen truck’s description, a Red Chevy, parked in a driveway at 1413 S. Broadway St.

He quickly learned the pickup was one stolen from Iola, and arrested Pattin and Martin. 

The truck was returned to its owner, Iola Police Chief Jared Warner said.

Formal charges have yet to be filed.

The case was part of an active weekend for Stotler, who on Friday, arrested both the pilot and passenger of a motorcycle following a brief chase.

Stotler spotted the duo riding the motorcycle, which did not have a registration tag, southbound on Harrison Avenue.

The driver sped off as Stotler triggered his lights and sirens.

The chase proceeded southbound to 11th Street, westbound to Jackson, and then back north to Sixth and west to Monroe Street.

The driver was unable to navigate the right-hand turn there because of loose gravel, Stotler said, and came to an abrupt stop.

Stotler arrested both the driver, who also had a suspended license, and the passenger.

Stotler said he is requesting charges of driving with no license, no insurance, illegal registration, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, possessing methamphetamine with intent to sell the drug and interfering with law enforcement.

Neither suspect has been identified.