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Woman reports vehicle stolen by coworker


August 12, 2018

A vehicle reported stolen in Alva was later recovered in Ford County, Kansas, and the driver was held for local authorities.

The vehicle was reported stolen on Aug. 8 about 2:25 p.m. and recovered the same afternoon. Alva Police Officer Brian File talked with Malissa Lee Jordan at El Maya where she works. She said her white 2007 GMC Yukon was stolen by a coworker. It was described as having the passenger side door handle missing with FOX RACING on the back window.

Jordan said she did not know the suspect’s name because he had just started working at the restaurant. She was able to provide the vehicle VIN number from an insurance document on her phone, and File was obtained the Oklahoma tag information. He requested Woods County Communication to send a BOLO out to other agencies and to put the vehicle into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

File talked to the restaurant manager who said the only information he had on the suspect was a name “Eduardo” and his cellphone number. That was supposed to be his first day at work. The manager also showed File surveillance video of the suspect, later identified as Gilver Eduardo Turcias, walking to the vehicle and looking inside the passenger window. He is then seen walking to the driver’s side, getting in the vehicle and driving off.

The same day at about 4:29 p.m. Woods County Communications was contacted by Ford County, Kansas, about the NCIC hit on the stolen vehicle. Officer File talked with Patrol Supervisor Sgt. Russell Fleming of the Ford County Sheriff’s Office. Fleming said his deputies had the vehicle pulled over in Ford County with a Hispanic male driving. He did not have a driver’s license but said his name was Gilver Eduardo Turcias.

File requested a hold be place on Turcias, and he would submit a warrant to the district attorney’s office. Sgt. Fleming said he would have the vehicle towed to the Ford County Sheriff’s Office to await pick up from the victim.

Gilver Eduardo Turcias, 28, has been charged in Woods County with unauthorized use of a vehicle, a felony. This crime is punishable by a fine of $500 to $5,000 or imprisonment for one to five years, or both.


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