Updated to clarify which western Kansas county the SUV was found in and what inmate was in Kansas.
SALINA, Kan. (KSNW) — One of three inmates that escaped from a Missouri jail last week stole an SUV in Salina and later ditched it in western Kansas.
According to Salina Police Department (SPD) Captain Paul Forrester, the inmates, identified as Christopher Blevins, Matthew Crawford, and Lance Stephens, escaped from the Barry County Jail on Friday. They are considered armed and dangerous.
Stephens was in jail for drug-related charges, Crawford for stealing and Blevins for various charges that include resisting arrest and driving while his license was revoked, according to online records.
Blevins traveled to Salina in a white 2002 GMC Sierra 2500 pickup that he stole in Barry County. He ditched the truck in Salina and stole a maroon 2005 GMC Yukon. It is valued at $6,000. With him was an unidentified woman.
According to the SPD, a 29-year-old Salina woman reported her SUV was stolen from in front of her home, located in the 100 block of S. Connecticut Ave. in Salina, around 8:45 p.m. Saturday. She told police that she had last seen the vehicle around 7:45 p.m., unlocked with the keys inside.
An investigation by the SPD revealed that a neighbor reported seeing a woman wearing a tan shirt and jean shorts and carrying a drawstring bag, and a man, who had brown hair, was wearing sunglasses, a t-shirt and gray shorts in the area at the time of the theft.
A Salina officer was able to view surveillance video on Sunday from the Caseys located at the intersection of Iron Avenue and Ohio Street. The officer reported seeing a man and a woman that matched the neighbors’ description near the vacuums at the convenience store. They were in the stolen pickup.
The SUV was later found in Wallace County.
The Wallace County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) says they received a report of another missing vehicle at 1:37 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 in the 400 block of North Gardner Street in Sharon Springs. In a search for the vehicle, the SUV was found ditched north of the 27-40 store, in front of the Welding Shop. The other missing vehicle has not been recovered.
What the Barry County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is calling a “situation” has been turned over to the U.S. Marshals.
One of the inmates, Blevins, has since been apprehended. KSN has not received word on the status of the other two.
The WCSO says the U.S. Marshal’s service had reason to believe the three inmates had separated immediately after their escape as they had tracked one escapee to Arkansas and the other was still located in Missouri.
If you have any information on where the suspects are or where they are headed, you can share them with the BCSO, and they will forward the information to the U.S. Marshalls. Their number is 417-847-6556.