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Subject arrested after motor vehicle theft

Police Department Press Release

July 15, 2019

On Sunday morning, July 14, 2019, at approximately 11:00 AM, law enforcement officers with the Pittsburg Police Department responded to the 200 block of E. Adams St. in reference to a report of a motor vehicle theft in progress. The Pittsburg Police Department had staged a GPS enabled decoy vehicle in the area of the 600 block of S. Elm St. At approximately 10:45 AM the GPS enabled decoy began to show activity and officers responded to the alleyway behind 208 E. Adams via the GPS location alert. Upon arrival, officers located 36-year-old Jacob D. Lawson, of Pittsburg, in possession of the vehicle. Additional follow up on scene revealed that Mr. Lawson had taken the vehicle from where it had been staged.

Mr. Lawson was arrested without incident for felony theft of a motor vehicle, and he was transported to the jail at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for booking, where he is presently being held without bond for violations of parole with the Kansas Department of Corrections.

The investigation into this incident is onging at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other crimes, 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.