Archive for Thursday, July 10, 2003

asehor Police arrest man wanted in Johnson County burglary

July 10, 2003

Having just completed a $6 gas and go in Tonganoxie, it wasn't exactly the crime of the century Jeffrey Schick was wanted for on the afternoon of June 23.

But, it's that minor caper which lead to his arrest by Basehor police officer Andrew Slaughter.

Schick, 25, Gardener, is charged in Basehor Municipal Court with driving with a suspended license, having no proof of insurance, obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct.

A woman with Shick at the time of his arrest, Crystal Smith of Tonganoxie, 19, is also charged in Municipal Court with obstruction of justice.

Both were scheduled to appear Tuesday, July 8 in court.

The court granted Smith a continuance. She is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. Aug. 12.

Schick could not appear because he was still at the Johnson County jail, police said.

What turned into a routine traffic stop the afternoon of June 23 resulted in Slaughter's arrest of Schick, who was wanted on a $30,000 cash bond only warrant in Johnson County. The warrant stems from Schick's failure to appear in court on charges of aggravated burglary.

According to police, after pumping $6 of gasoline into a sport-utility vehicle in Tonganoxie, Schick and Smith drove away without paying. A police bulletin was put out with only a rough description of the vehicle.

Seeing the vehicle, Slaughter followed and watched the vehicle make a left turn onto 142nd Street without using a turn signal.

"That gave me probable cause," Slaughter said.

With Slaughter following, Schick pulled into a private driveway, got out of the car and started walking toward the house, police said.

Slaughter pulled in at the house as well. The couple claimed they lived at the home.

Schick told Slaughter he was driving Smith to work, but had returned to the house because she forgot her shoes. Smith claimed she was an exotic dancer, police said.

Schick then gave Slaughter false identification, which was confirmed by Smith.

After Schick consented to a search of the vehicle, Slaughter found Schick's real identification attached underneath the driver's seat. The officer then ran Schick's name through a criminal database and found the Johnson County warrant.

Slaughter said the arrest is an example of how a routine stop can help keep communities crime free.

"Nobody likes traffic stops," Slaughter said, "but it's traffic enforcement that helps take these types of people out of our community."

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