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Theft report leads to arrest
Suspect found at cemetery
Jacob King
Jacob King

A Great Bend man was arrested Saturday afternoon, following a report that a pickup, trailer and four-wheeler had been stolen from 5926 Eisenhower St. the previous night.
Jacob King was booked into the Barton County Jail on felony charges of theft and possession of illegal drugs.
King, 29, was found at the Great Bend Cemetery after police received a call about a man who appeared to be stealing flowers from vases on graves. Corporal Shane Becker from the Great Bend Police Department found King there, kneeling by a grave, and took him into custody without incident.

According to reports, the first call came around 11:46 a.m. on Saturday. Officers were told that a 2000 Dodge Dakota had been stolen, along with a trailer and a four-wheeler. They found the truck abandoned in the 800 block of Frey St., but the trailer, four-wheeler and stereo equipment from the truck had been removed.
The investigation led officers to believe the missing items were located at 403 Almond St. and to suspect King was the culprit. They obtained a search warrant for the residence, where they recovered the missing items.

It was while officers were searching for King and the missing items, around 2:40 p.m., that someone called about suspicious behavior at the cemetery. While searching King before taking him to jail, officers reportedly found illegal drugs on his person.
Police Chief Cliff Couch said there was no evidence of theft or damage at the cemetery. “We don’t know what he was doing there.” The chief also said he was pleased that officers were able to return the first caller’s property.
King was being held at the jail in lieu of $5,000 bond on the theft charge and $10,000 bond on the charge of possession of a controlled substance.

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.

This story was last updated at 6:14 p.m. on Nov. 7.