A Salina man is jailed after he allegedly stole a vehicle and several credit cards before being caught at a south Salina business.
Police Capt. Paul Forrester tells KSAL News that the incident began when authorities were called to the 2200 block of Roach St. at 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday in reference to a stolen 2014 Dodge Challenger. The vehicle also had a black leather bag with credit cards belonging to the victims, Michelle and Burney Lovelace.
Michelle then received several alerts on her phone about her cards being used at Kwik Shop, 1600 S. 9th St. for $77 worth of cigarettes and then again at Wal-Mart, 2900 S. 9th St.
When authorities arrived at Wal-Mart, they found a subject sitting at the CityGo Bus Stop with a large TV and a brown wallet underneath the bench.
Police were able to review surveillance video from the store, that showed the subject, 22-year-old Salina man, Michael Emerick, using multiple victim’s credit cards to make several purchases.
Authorities traced one of the stolen credit cards Emerick attempted to use belonging to Michelle Lovelace, while multiple other cards also belonging to Ian Green, 42, Salina and Chris Raider, Salina, were used or attempted to use. Both men had their cards stolen from the vehicles overnight on Monday.
Emerick allegedly used the stolen credit cards to buy a television and prepaid cards at Wal-Mart totaling in $551 along with the stolen cigarettes from earlier in the day. He was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of stolen property, eight counts of criminal use of a financial cards, possession or marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Forrester says authorities are still in search of the stolen Dodge Challenger that is valued at $20,000. It has a Kansas temporary tag: C029-171. The vehicle is silver in color with a red stripe down the side.
Police are also looking for the driver of a later model, silver Chevy Impala, that was captured on video dropping off Emerick at Wal-Mart.