Arrest in Barton County could solve multiple thefts

GREAT BEND, Kansas – Sheriff’s deputies in Barton County say they’ve made an arrest that could clear multiple theft cases.

“To make a long story short, she lied about her name, and everything like this, she had warrants out of Dodge City, they arrested her on those warrants,” said Detective Sergeant David Paden with the Barton County Sheriff’s Department.

Around 4 a.m. Sunday, deputies arrested Leticia Chacon on suspicion of multiple counts of theft, and obstruction.

Investigators believe the suspect had been targeting hotel parking lots.

Sheriff’s deputies found the suspect asleep in this car early on Sunday morning, and it was full of stolen items including forty credit cards, ID’s and eight checkbooks.

“She pulled into a parking lot of a rural business, and the officers knew at that time that the business was not open at four o’clock in the morning and the deputy knew that the business was not open on a sunday as well, we’ve also had several rural burglaries in Barton County as well so it was just kind of suspicious,” said Paden.

Investigators say the ID’s, credit cards and checkbooks they found had been reported stolen from all over Kansas, and surrounding states, but they believe the alleged thefts happened in the Barton and Ford county areas.

“What it appeared to be, is we had done some follow up and she had gone to several local different hotels here in Great Bend, and burglarized out of vehicles here at the hotels,” said Paden.

Chacon is expected to be extradited to Ford County to face warrants there.

The investigation is still ongoing, the Barton County Sheriff’s Department says anyone with more details should call.

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