One of four subjects suspected of stealing vehicles March 25 from Chrysler Jeep and Dodge, 327 W. 23rd St., Ottawa, has been arrested in Missouri, according to media reports. Law enforcement said the teen suspect was part of a luxury theft ring that stole vehicles throughout the state of Missouri and in Kansas.
Travon Dixon, 18, was tracked down at his grandmother’s house Saturday, the reports said. Investigators believe Dixon was one of several teenagers and minors working in a large burglary ring that stole luxury cars from St. Peters, Kansas City, Joplin, Missouri and Ottawa, media reports said.
Dixon is in jail in St. Joseph, Missouri, on car theft charges there, media outlets reported. The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney charged him with burglary and stealing for the thefts in St. Peters, Missouri.
In the early morning hours of March 4, thieves broke a window at the dealership and stole dozens of car keys, the report said. They made off with three vehicles: a 2018 Maserati, a 2018 Dodge Charger and a 2018 Dodge Ram truck totaling about $200,000 plus key fobs worth tens of thousands of dollars. More than 100 stolen sets of keys were found in a stolen van the suspects left behind, media reports said.
According to the Ottawa Police Department, early in the morning of March 25, four suspects arrived at the dealership in a stolen car. They kicked in the west door and other doors inside the dealership. Items were taken along with keys to three vehicles, according to Herald archives. One of the vehicles was recovered in Gardner and two others, a 2017 dark gray Chrysler 300 and a 2015 silver Chrysler 200, are still missing.
Anyone with information on the thefts is encouraged to call the Ottawa Police Department or Franklin County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-311-TIPS (8477).