Concordia Police Department asks citizens to be on the lookout for theft

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Concordia Police Department Chief Paul Mapes would like to make the citizens of Concordia aware of a rise in thefts during the month of July, noting that thefts were up for the month.

On July 2, at approximately 6:55 a.m., the Concordia Police Department took a report of three air conditioner units that were stolen sometime at night at Campbell Lewis Funeral Home located at 1002 E. 1st St.

The value of the units were estimated to be $14,200. Chief Mapes advised that his officers also took several thefts from motor vehicle reports in the month of July.

Chief Mapes advised that on Monday, July 22, at approximately 6:15 p.m., while a Concordia officer was on patrol, he observed a truck and trailer that had several items on the trailer parked in the 800 block of South Main Street in a parking lot. When the officer drove by, two males took off running east through a yard from the truck.

Officers set up a perimeter and searched for the suspects, but were unsuccessful. The pick-up and trailer had been reported stolen, and the trailer contained stolen property from three storage units that were burglarized earlier in the day.

During the investigation, officers found out that a local resident allegedly helped the two suspects flee by providing them a ride to Kansas City to avoid being arrested.

Tina Fetterling, of Concordia, was charged with a Class E Felony for Hindering Prosecution of a Felony. Fetterling posted a $10,000 surety bond on Wednesday, July 24.

Chief Mapes advised that his officers can’t be everywhere at once, and is asking for the help of the public.

“We can all work together to reduce crime within Concordia,” he said. “We ask that everyone report suspicious activity, and other crimes. We also want to remind citizens to lock their car doors and take everything of value out of their vehicles when they’re not in the vehicle.”

Editor’s note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.

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