Riley County police investigating vehicle thefts in the area

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – Riley County Police say that as of Friday they have filed a total of seven reports related to motor vehicle theft, criminal damage to property and/or theft.

Police say that six of these reports were filed in a 2-block radius surrounding the intersection of College Heights Road and Sunset Ave. in Manhattan. Officers began these investigations after receiving a report of an attempted vehicle theft in the 2000 block of College Heights Road.

Officers responded to a report of a car alarm sounding from a 2003 Chevrolet 1500 with damage to its back window, which was estimated to be a loss of $200. Police filed a report for criminal damage to property. Following this initial report police found two additional attempted motor vehicle thefts as well as three vehicles that had been stolen. During the investigation officers recovered two of these stolen vehicles, a 1999 blue Dodge Ram 2500 valued at approximately $4,000 and a 2005 red Dodge Ram 1500 with an unknown value.

Two criminal damage to property reports were filed regarding the attempted theft of a 2001 Dodge 2500. Damage was estimated to be a loss of $200. A 2000 Chevrolet Silverado was also damaged while an unknown subject(s) attempted to take possession of it creating approximately $400 in needed repair.

The Riley County Police Department determined that a theft of a zero-turn riding lawnmower in the 3000 block of Anderson Ave. was also related to these incidents and has not been recovered at this time.

Police still consider a 2001 black Dodge Ram extended cab with a possible broken rear driver’s side window to be stolen and missing. This vehicle has an estimated value of $7,500.

Officers continue to investigate the matter and ask that anyone with information on these crimes contact the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers by phone at 785-539-7777 or online at

These investigations are currently ongoing. No further information has been released.

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