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MEDIA RELEASE – Felony Possession of Stolen Property Arrest

Police Department Press Release

April 22, 2024

April 22, 2024
Released by Maj. B. Henderson


On early Monday morning, April 22, 2024, at approximately 12:45 AM, a law enforcement officer from the Pittsburg Police Department was on routine patrol in the area of West Martin Avenue and South Georgia Street, when she observed a subject riding a scooter in that area. The driver of the scooter attempted to turn onto Martin Avenue from Georgia Street but failed to navigate the turn and wrecked at that intersection. The officer made contact with the driver, who was later identified as 32-year-old John D. Robertson Jr., of Frontenac, Kansas. However, at the time of the initial contact, the driver provided a false name to the investigating officer.


While investigating the wreck, the officer discovered the scooter had been previously reported as stolen out of Pittsburg. The scooter was later towed away from the scene.


The driver, who reported being injured during the wreck, was transported by Crawford County EMS to Ascension Via Christi Hospital’s emergency department for treatment. Once released from the hospital, the driver was taken into custody and was transported to the jail at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for booking. Articles of contraband were located during the subsequent search of the driver incident to the arrest. Additionally, upon arrival at the jail, the driver’s identity was verified as being that of John Robertson Jr.


Mr. Robertson was arrested for felony possession of stolen property, felony interference with law enforcement, felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Mr. Robertson is currently being held without bond.


This incident is still under investigation at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at (620) 231-1700, or at our automated tip line, (620) 231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.