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Paper Trail Leads to Arrest

KSAL StaffFebruary 4, 2015

A Salina woman is charged with perjury and identity theft for her role in stealing a pickup.

An investigation that began with a traffic stop in September led to the arrest of 29-year-old Melanie J. Smith of Salina.

According to Police Lt. Bill Cox, Smith was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped in September of 2014.

Police say Smith and the driver, 37-year-old Jeramiah Snyder of Salina were in possession of a stolen1999 GMC Yukon.

The investigation then led police to a stolen 2000 GMC pickup truck that was parked at the Ambassador Hotel on W. Crawford. The truck was towed and stored while officers worked to find the owner.

Smith was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly forging documents – by using a dead Kansas Notary Public’s seal to try and obtain the stolen truck from a Salina towing company.

Police say by using forged documents she was able to obtain a title for the truck that was stolen in Wichita back in 2013.

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