Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputies said they arrested a Girard man Tuesday evening following a series of vehicle thefts and a home break-in.

Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputies said they arrested a Girard man Tuesday evening following a series of vehicle thefts and a home break-in.

At about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sheriff’s Deputies and officers from the Girard Police Department responded to a report of a stolen vehicle. Mike Southard, of Girard, reported that he saw a white male, later identified as Trevor J. Verska, 18, of rural Girard, driving his 1990 GMC pickup north from his residence. Southard said he attempted to follow the suspect and later located the stolen vehicle abandoned north of Girard in the 200 block of N. 140th Street.

While dpeuties were responding to the stolen vehicle, police took a call from Harry Strukel, of 236 N. 140th Street, reporting that Verska had attempted to enter his home by kicking in the door. Verska fled eastbound toward a brushy area in a nearby field after being confronted by the Strukels. Deputies arrived and gave chase by foot, following Verska toward Kansas 7.

Then, at 5:30 p.m., 911 dispatchers received another stolen vehicle report from Southard’s sister-in-law Cindy Southard. Southard said she had seen Verska driving south from her residence in her 2002 Chevy Cavalier.

A responding deputy was able to stop the vehicle and removed Verska at gunpoint. Verska was taken into custody and transported to the Crawford County Jail. He was charged with attempted aggravated Burglary, two counts of theft of a vehicle and two counts of criminal damage to property.

Verska also was found to be under the influence of alcohol during the chase, and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was set at $11,000. Jail officials said Verska had not yet posted bond.
On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Girard Police received a call reporting another stolen vehicle. The vehicle was later found wrecked and abandoned near the intersection of 180th Street and 570th Ave. Police officials said they do not yet know if the incident is related to the other thefts.

The Sheriff’s Department and Girard Police are still investigating the incidents. No other information was available.