Police interrupt theft of pickup
Lansing's chief of police is crediting an officer with interrupting and stopping a pickup truck theft this past weekend.
Chief Steve Wayman said the officer had just begun his shift about 10:10 p.m. Friday when he saw a dome light on a pickup parked at Leavcon II Inc., 108 American Ave. The officer, Wayman said, found the door on the vehicle ajar and noticed its steering column had been broken - a telltale sign that someone was trying to start the vehicle without a key, he said.
Seeing no one else in the area, the officer decided to leave the immediate scene but set up surveillance of the area. About 20 minutes later, a vehicle started traveling down American Avenue. When the officer turned on his headlights to follow the car, a maroon Chevrolet Trailblazer, it took off.
The officer followed in pursuit, Wayman said, observing the Trailblazer run numerous stop signs in and out of town. Wayman said the officer gave up pursuit in Wyandotte County near 123rd Street and Leavenworth Road.
"The safety factors didn't warrant further pursuit," Wayman said. "The officer did a good job."