The Harvey County Sheriff's Department released the identity of a vehicle thief that was shot and wounded Wednesday.
Jack Stanley, 35, of Wichita was released from the hospital and is now in the Sedgwick County Jail.
Stanley was shot with a shotgun by a property owner while attempting to steal a pickup truck at 18305 U.S. 50. He suffered injuries from both the gunshot and when the truck he was driving collided with a tree.
"We don't see anything that is criminal in the shooting," said T. Walton, Harvey County Sheriff. "If you take part in criminal activity, you run a high risk. I don't want everyone shooting everybody, that is not what I want to come out of this. In this case, he was defending his property and himself."
According to the Harvey County Sheriff's office, the property owner confronted Stanley — Stanley allegedly attempted to run over the vehicle owner in the stolen vehicle. The property owner, armed with a shotgun, allegedly fired one round at the pickup as it was coming at him. The sheriff's office reported Stanley crashed the vehicle into a tree and began to exit the vehicle when a second round was fired. The property owner told officers he believed he had struck the suspect.
The suspect then fled, on foot, in a northeast direction from the property. Stanley allegedly went about a mile and then stole another vehicle — this one a minivan.
"He saw a farmer taking a minivan to the house — the farmer was pulling it up to the house so his wife could take the kids to school," Walton said. "He jumped into the van and stole it."
The van was recovered, but damaged, after Stanley abandoned it
in Sedgwick County off of North 215 St. West and West 109th Street. The van had been driven into a creek area. Investigators discovered a 2001 Dodge Ram 4x4 pickup had been stolen from the victim. A motorcycle had also been taken from the property, but was recovered in the south ditch east of the victim’s business, Southwest Motors, on U.S. Highway 50. A second white pickup belonging to the Southwest Motors was loaded with various tools and equipment belonging to the victim, but never made it out past the victim’s property.
Investigators discovered a white Chevrolet pickup on the railroad right of way, approximately ½ mile southwest of the U.S. 50 property. This pickup was reported stolen from Butler County.
"Within that truck there was more evidence of other crimes that occurred in Butler County," Walton said. "There are a number of agencies interested in him. … This guy has a number of charges from a number of places. He is in Sedgwick County custody. All the charges will go through Sedgwick County."
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