Fired worker suspected of taking car
After being fired from his construction job in Basehor last week, a 15-year-old male told a fellow co-worker he wouldn't need a ride home. Basehor police said the juvenile had other means of transportation in mind.
"He said, no, 'I'm just going to steal a car,'" Basehor Police Chief Terry Horner said, "and that's exactly what he did."
At approximately 4:53 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, employees of Simple Simon's Pizza reported to police that a delivery vehicle -- a 2002 Buick valued at $10,000 -- had been stolen from the parking lot. A witness at the scene told police that the juvenile was seen getting into the car and driving east on U.S. Highway 24-40.
Police said the suspect, an Arizona native, had been working at a construction site in Basehor, south of the highway.
Investigators have recovered the vehicle's registration at the home of the suspect's relatives in Kansas City, Mo., but have not yet been able to find the vehicle.
Horner said police are monitoring national databases in hopes the vehicle will resurface.
"At this time we're still looking for the vehicle," Horner said. "We're pretty positive we know who stole it. At this point, it's just a matter of finishing up the investigation."
A search for the suspect continues, Horner said.