A routine traffic stop by a Great Bend Police officer last week led to two arrests for drugs and possible stolen property from Rush County burglaries.
According to information released Wednesday by the GBPD, one week earlier, at 1:20 a.m. on Dec. 14, an officer attempted to stop a motorist for driving without a functioning headlight.
He stopped the car in the 1000 block of Madison Street. While he was running checks on the driver’s license, the driver, identified as Kyle Lulloff, attempted to flee, driving into a large truck parking lot.
He quickly became boxed in by the trucks in the lot, and fled the area on foot. He was apprehended a short time later by a Barton County Sheriff deputy who had responded to assist.
When Lulloff was taken into custody, he had a bag full of cash. Chief Cliff Couch said officers also noticed “suspicious items” in plain view inside the vehicle.
“Officers interviewed Lulloff. Based on the interview and on the items they located, they were able to obtain search warrants for both the vehicle and a motel room at the Traveler’s Budget Inn, where Lulloff was staying. Lulloff was arrested for an outstanding warrant for probation violation from Montana,” Couch said.
According to Couch, when officers served the search warrant on the hotel room, they located Miranda Buchholz, who appeared to be Lulloff’s girlfriend. During a search of the room, they located suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia.
A search of the car revealed items that officers believed might be related to burglaries in the area.
Lulloff and Buchholz were both taken into custody and turned over to the Barton County Jail. Lulloff was arrested for parole violation, fleeing and eluding an officer, obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Buchholz was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“After communicating with other area agencies, officers discovered that some of the suspicious items they located may have possibly been related to burglaries that occurred in Rush County,” Couch said. “An investigation into these possibilities is still ongoing and is being handled by the Rush County Sheriff’s Office. The GBPD will not be releasing any further details regarding this incident at this time, in order to not negatively interfere with the ongoing investigation in Rush County.”