Four in custody in Christmas Day theft of U-Haul containing most of traveling family's belongings




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  • 2022-01-12 14:30:41Z
  • By The Topeka Capital-Journal
Four men are being held in connection with the Christmas Day theft in Topeka of this U-Haul trailer.
Four men are being held in connection with the Christmas Day theft in Topeka of this U-Haul trailer.  

Four men are being held in connection with the Christmas Day theft in Topeka of a U-Haul trailer containing most of the belongings of a family that was passing through.

Topeka police on Monday executed a series of search warrants and seized property that included some items stolen from the U-Haul and other locations, said Lt. Manuel Munoz of the Topeka Police Department.

Shawnee County Jail records identified the four men being held as Jayden Flowers, 25, Joshua Long, 26, Jacob Slusser, 27, and Nicholas Mora, 28, all of Topeka.

Munoz said the victims lost about $20,000 worth of property, including guns and jewelry, when the U-Haul trailer containing most of their belongings was stolen about 4:15 a.m. Dec. 25 in Topeka.

After the trailer was subsequently recovered in Wabaunsee County, the officers "did something they certainly did not have to do" by taking up the collection to financially aid the family, Topeka City Councilman Mike Lesser said last week.

The officers asked not to have their names made public, he said.

No formal charges had been filed Wednesday morning in connection with the case.

Flowers, Long, Slusser and Mora were all being held in connection with felony theft from a vehicle and felony drug distribution, according to Shawnee County Jail records.

Mora was also arrested on outstanding warrants charging him with being a fugitive from justice in both Nebraska and Kansas, those records said.

Flowers was also booked in connection with vehicle burglary and the criminal possession of a firearm by a felon, and on an outstanding Shawnee County warrant charging him with violating probation, according to jail records.

This article originally appeared on Topeka Capital-Journal: Four arrested in Christmas Day theft of family's U-Haul in Topeka

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