Early on the morning of July 3, law enforcement agencies around Chillicothe and Livingston County found themselves busy with a flurry of activity. However, area and state agencies were able to work together to quickly respond to, investigate and apprehend suspects involved in several area thefts, while one agency dealt with another violate situation unfolding in the city limits.
“On July 3, during the early morning hours, officers of the Chillicothe Police Department were busy dealing with a suicidal individual that was driving around Chillicothe attempting to be pulled over so he could complete suicide by provoking a police officer to shoot him,” Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples said. “Officers located the male and assisted in receiving mental health assistance, however, the male was uncooperative. While waiting at the police department to be transported, the wanted to fight officers. He was eventually transported to a mental health facility.”
At 6:07 a.m., on July 3, Chillicothe Police Department (CPD) officers responded to the 900 block of Harvester Road regarding a stolen vehicle. Soon after, officers made contact with the owner who stated someone had stolen his truck from in front of his shop.
“Officers then contacted the surrounding agencies and advised them to look for the stolen vehicle,” a CPD report states. “The owner of the vehicle said he walked into his business only to turn around and see his vehicle passing by with another vehicle following.”
Police reports show the incident involving the suicidal male was still ongoing at 6:17 a.m., with a report at that time reading, “Officers transferred a subject from Hedrick Medical Center to the police department and then to a facility for mental evaluation.”
Then at 7:18 a.m., CPD received a call and officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Corporate Drive to take a theft report of stolen tools that took place in the 100 block of Liberia Street.
Officers were advised around this time that the vehicle stolen from Harvester Road was located in Mooresville by the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) and the driver and passenger were arrested in the with the assistance of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and K-9 Zaki.
The stolen truck had extensive damage, a large quantity of stolen tools and also drug paraphernalia inside.
“During this investigation it was learned the same individuals were part of two other stolen vehicles, several theft cases that were reported early on July 3,” Maples said. The suspects are believed to also be involved in a case of tampering with motor vehicles from a local car dealership, which was reported around 9:30 a.m, July 3, with the caller stating someone had tried to steal four vehicles off of the businesses lot, located on Washington Street.
“As part of the investigation into the two indivudlas, another stolen auto from Independence, was located in the southwest area of our city. The quick actions of all law enforcement involved, assisted CPD and our community with the recovery of several stolen vehicles and a large amount of tools. Thank you MSHP, LCSO, and CPD for all your hard work,” Maples said.
Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox said that these types of crimes are common, and there are several ongoing investigations across several counties.
“We are very concerned about other vehicles may have been stolen and/or burglaries took place in Livingston and area counties. We know two vehicles have been stolen in Caldwell County and we have recovered another vehicle which is possibly stolen.”
It is important to protect your property and report anything unusual you may see. “Please report any burglary, theft or stolen vehicle to your local law enforcement agency promptly,” Cox said.
Maples noted that residents should be patient with law enforcement as they must prioritize calls, especially during busy times.