Pittsburg woman arrested minutes after allegedly stealing car, getting McDonald’s breakfast

Staff Reports / news@morningsun.net

PITTSBURG, Kan. — After responding to a report of a stolen vehicle early Friday morning, police located a suspect within minutes — but not before she allegedly took the stolen car through the McDonald’s drive-thru and bought breakfast. 

Pittsburg police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of South Elm Street at 6:24 a.m. Friday in response to a report of a stolen 2021 Nissan Altima, according to a press release. 

The victim told police he witnessed a female suspect with long white hair getting into his vehicle and driving away. He had a video doorbell system, which showed the suspect approaching the residence. She then allegedly took the house and vehicle keys, which had been left in the exterior lock of the door. After watching the video, officers were immediately able to identify a Pittsburg resident as the suspect. 

At approximately 6:37 a.m. — 13 minutes after the car was reported stolen — an officer observed the vehicle driving northbound on Broadway, and a traffic stop was conducted in the 100 block of West 1st Street. The driver was found to be the same 55-year-old female suspect police identified from the surveillance video, and was taken into custody without incident. 

“It was found,” the Pittsburg Police Department press release notes, that the suspect “had taken the vehicle through the McDonald’s drive through, and purchased breakfast before being apprehended.” 

The suspect was arrested for felony theft and was transported to the Crawford County Jail, where she was being held in lieu of a $3,000 bond on Friday. 

The investigation into this incident is ongoing, the PPD noted. Anyone with information related to this incident, or other crimes, is urged to contact the police department at 620-231-1700 or at the tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.