On 9/27/2021 at around 6:00am Bates County deputies observed a truck and trailer hauling a Jeep in the area of county road Northeast 15504 after a call of suspicious activities. When the deputy turned around on the vehicle it took off and was believed to have run into a field. As other Bates County deputies arrived on scene, they found the vehicle off the roadway behind a row of trees unattended. Records check of the truck showed it stolen out of Pleasant Hill Missouri. Bates County Deputies contacted Harrisonville Police Department to make contact with the Jeep’s owner.
The owner of the Jeep advised the Jeep was at a house outside of Adrian Missouri and that no one had permission to have the Jeep and that it would have been stolen.
Both vehicles have been returned to proper owner. The owner of the trailer also was contacted, and the owner stated that no one had permission to use the trailer. The truck, trailer and Jeep was recovered on his property.
Items recovered from the truck belong to the property owner’s son. Who when confronted advised that his keys and phone must have been stolen also.
Other items including the driver’s license of a second subject was recovered from the stolen truck. If you know Zack Handly please let him know Bates County Sheriff Deputies are looking for him AGAIN and would like to return his Identification card and wallet to him. Bates County Sheriff is sure it was stolen when they stole the other gentleman’s phone and keys and dumped all the other stolen property on his friend’s property.
As the case is being investigated, Bates County Deputies are confident they have identified the driver and passenger of the stolen truck and are waiting for the video from Pleasant Hill Police to compare to. Charges are expected to be presented to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.