A vehicle burglary investigation that took several months has resulted in an arrest.

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s office has told KMAN a St. George juvenile has been taken into custody in connection to approximately 17 reported vehicle burglaries.

The burglaries occurred in  St. George and around the rural St. George area. Victims reported the thefts of many items including firearms and a ladies ring valued at over $10,000. Pottawatomie County Sheriff Detectives aided by a tip from the public developed a suspect, and on Wednesday were allowed to conduct a consent search of the juvenile’s home in St. George.

As a result of this consent search, a number of reported stolen items were recovered
from the home, as well as drug paraphernalia being seized.

With the assistance of the St.George Police Department, the juvenile in this matter,
15-year-old Jesup McCelland, was taken into custody for burglary and theft. He is currently
being held at the North Central Kansas Juvenile Detention Facility.

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and the St.George Police Department continue the
investigation into these burglaries. Detectives believe other persons may have received or
purchased stolen property from these burglaries, or know of the location of stolen property.
Some of the property may have been unknowingly purchased. Items reported stolen but still
missing include: .22 caliber Walther handgun, a 9mm Walther handgun, a missing camouflage Remington 11-87 shotgun and a 14KT white gold ladies cast tanzanite and diamond ring.

Anyone who believes they may property from these burglaries, or who may have information
on these burglaries is encouraged to contact the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office at 785-457-3353. Callers can remain anonymous.

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