Theft of Vehicle, Credit Cards is Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

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Police are searching for this vehicle stolen in Salina on April 23 (Photo: Crime Stoppers)

SALINA – Crime Stoppers of Salina and Saline County is seeking information regarding a recent vehicle and credit card theft.

According to Crime Stoppers, police are investigating the theft of a vehicle that also resulted in the criminal use of credit cards that were left inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken from the 2200 block of Roach sometime between 4:15 and 7 a.m. on April 23. The vehicle is a silver 2014 Dodge Challenger with a red and black stripe down both sides with Kansas temporary license tag C029171.

Police arrested Michael Emerick, 22, of Salina, in connection with the use of the credit cards taken from the vehicle. He was arrested at Walmart, 2900 S. 9th, on April 23 after store surveillance footage showed him using the stolen credit cards to make multiple purchases, including a television and several prepaid cards. Emerick also allegedly used the cards to purchase $77 worth of cigarettes at Kwik Shop, 1600 S.9th.

Emerick was booked into the Saline County Jail on three counts of possession of stolen property, eight counts of criminal use of a financial cards, possession or marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The stolen vehicle, valued at $20,000, is still missing. Police are also searching for the driver of a silver Chevy Impala that was seen dropping Emerick off at Walmart.

If you have any information concerning who committed this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 785-825-TIPS, text SATIPS to CRIMES (274637), or visit www.pd.salina.org and follow the Crime Stoppers link to submit a web tip. You may receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 and you are not required to give your name.

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