One suspect in failed robbery still at large

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ks. — Two people are behind bars following a foiled burglary attempt in Cherokee County.

It happened Monday afternoon outside of a vacant home in Galena. 39-year Justin Merrill and 33-year old Lacey Powell – both of Baxter Springs – were taken into custody after a deputy noticed one of them attempting to cut a catalytic converter from a vehicle. A 3rd suspect came out of the home, saw the deputy, and then ran into a wooded area.

He has yet to be located – but officials say they do know who he is. Merrill and Powell are being held on allegations of burglary and theft. Powell also has outstanding warrants out of Baxter Springs.

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