Search for stolen car leads to arrests

A couple of stolen vehicles were recovered over the weekend in the area, one of them leading to five arrests.

A vehicle reported missing in Kirksville, Missouri, on June 20 was recovered at 3:37 a.m. Friday in Jefferson County. Jefferson County Chief Deputy Sheriff Bart Richmond said a deputy was following a Pontiac Grand Prix in Libertyville, attempting to obtain the vehicle?s plate.

The driver pulled off the road in the 2200 block of Hemlock Avenue a few miles north of Libertyville.

The driver abandoned the vehicle on foot. Richmond said he thinks there is no significance of the address in Hemlock, and that the driver was probably just looking for a place to ditch the car.

The car had Iowa license plates that did not match its make and model. Deputies learned it was the stolen car from Kirksville. Fairfield Police Officer Tyler Rysdam and his K-9 were called to the area to search for the driver, though the dog was unable to locate the subject.

Later that same day at 5:44 p.m., a red and silver Chevrolet pickup truck was reported stolen from the 2300 block of Hemlock Avenue. That vehicle was recovered in the 100 block of East Main Street in Agency at 2:17 a.m. Saturday when the Wapello County Sheriff?s Office executed a search warrant. Though no one was charged with stealing a vehicle, five people were arrested.

Gregory Allen Cook, 52, of Agency, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jason Andrew Tobeck, 40, homeless, was arrested for the following Wapello County arrest warrants: violation of parole, assault causing bodily injury or mental illness, and failure to appear on public intoxication. Tobeck is also behind held on the following Jefferson County arrest warrants issued in his name: eluding, driving under suspension, and failure to obey a stop sign.

Wesley Allen Gridley, 37, homeless, was arrested on an active arrest warrant issued in his name for probation violation by the U.S. Marshall?s Office.

Aubry Lynn Olsen, 29, of Ottumwa, was arrested on an active Wapello County arrest warrant for burglary in the third degree.

Theresa Ann Lomax, 43, of Ottumwa, was arrested on an active Wapello County arrest warrant for revocation of pretrial release.

Richmond said law enforcement officials suspect that the Chevy pickup recovered in Agency Saturday is related to the Grand Prix recovered the day before.