Man wanted for stealing truck

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Vehicle found in Cass County 10 days after being taken

A Pleasant Hill man is wanted for allegedly stealing a company vehicle and taking it to Cass County without the owner's permission.

Sean Nichols, 31, of Pleasant Hill, is charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Robert Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, on April 14, Nichols took a 2011 Chevrolet K2500 pickup truck, valued at $15,000 and belonging to ZOG Heating of Shell Knob.

Nichols, who was employed by ZOG Heating, said he was taking the truck to Kansas city to see his children, and the business owner told him to bring the truck back. Nichols said he would, but allegedly never returned the vehicle.

On April 18, the truck was reported stolen, and on April 24, it was found at a home in Cass County. Deputy Rick Lewis, with the Cass County Sheriff's Office, was attempting to serve Nichols with civil process at a Nichols' relative's house in Pleasant Hill, and the truck was in the driveway.

The relative said Nichols was not there, but provided keys to the truck, which Lewis had impounded after being notified it was stolen.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office has not been able to make contact with Nichols.

Nichols has an active warrant and a bond set at $7,500.

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