Police seek leads in residential burglary and theft of locally well-known antique car

Update Dec. 19, 2015: The Osage City Police Department has reported the vehicle has been recovered, but released no other details.

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The Osage City Police Department is still seeking leads on a residential burglary and theft of an antique automobile, despite obtaining surveillance photos of a suspect with the vehicle at a Topeka Walgreen’s on Wednesday.

According to the police department, on Dec. 15 officers responded to the report of the burglary of a home in the 400 block of north Fifth Street in Osage City, and theft of a 1954 Ford Customline 4-door sedan from the home’s garage. Also stolen were as yet undetermined household and personal items from the home. The thefts are believed to have occurred between Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. No one was at the home at the time the thefts occurred.

The antique car, which belongs to Osage City resident Lorraine Smiley, is well-known around Osage County, as Smiley has driven it in many local parades over the years.

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Lorraine Smiley drives her 1954 Ford in the Osage County Fair Parade on June 25, 2015.

Since posting a photo of the car on social media, the police have received several tips, one of which led police to surveillance photos taken at the Walgreen’s store at 37th Street and Topeka Avenue, in Topeka, about 4:10 p.m. Dec. 16. The photos show a man walking near the car, which was parked at the store. The man appears to have his hair in a bun or pony tail and he is wearing a white hoodie with a black pattern. Police said the man did not enter the store.

Another poster on the police department’s social media site reported seeing the vehicle in Topeka on Dec. 11.

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Surveillance photos taken at Walgreen’s at 37th Street and Topeka Avenue on Dec. 16 show a suspect in the theft of the vehicle.

Police are asking that anyone with any information about this crime or anyone who has seen the dark green 1954 Ford to contact the Osage City Police Department at 785-528-3131.


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