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Carwash control box thief arrested

BUTLER COUNTY, Mo. — After a chase across two counties, police apprehended a serial thief.

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BUTLER COUNTY, Mo. — According to www.kmov.com, Jeffrey Tyler, 41, of Kansas was arrested in connection with a string of thefts near Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

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After an alarm went off at Garner’s Car Wash just after 5 a.m. on March 10th, Poplar Bluff police department officers arrived at the scene and found a control box from the front of the automatic wash bay missing, the article continued.

After speaking to witnesses, detectives learned that Tyler had allegedly been seen taking the box and that his Ford F-250 had been seen near Mansion Mall, the article noted.

Tyler was spotted in the area with the stolen goods, but when officers tried to approach him, he fled, almost hitting a patrol car, the article stated.

Tyler drove up an embankment and managed to exit onto Hwy. 60, the article continued, and police deployed spike strips as the pursuit entered into Carter County, Missouri.

Tyler was able to avoid the strips, but the chase ended when he drove into a dead end on Carter County Rd. 135, where he tried to turn around and nearly struck two police cars, the article noted.

Tyler then stopped the truck and fled on foot, prompting officers to chase after him and take him into custody, the article stated.

The stolen control box was found in the truck, which was also reportedly stolen out of Carthage, Missouri, the article reported.

Police said Tyler was wanted in connection with several thefts of carwash control boxes, the article noted.

Tyler was charged with stealing, property damage, assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance, the article concluded, and he is currently being held at the Butler County Justice Center.

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