Press Release for March 23rd, 2016

On March 23, 2016, a several month long investigation into approximately
17 reported vehicle burglaries resulted in the arrest of a St.George juvenile.

The burglaries occurred in the city of 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 dollars.  Pottawatomie County Sheriff Detectives

aided by a tip from the public developed a suspect, and on Wednesday March 23, were

allowed to conduct a consent search of the juveniles 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 a 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.  The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and the St.George Police
Department greatly appreciates the tips and calls from the public during this investigation.

Greg Riat