Alleged Car Thief Arrested in Clinton
On Wednesday, Aug. 24, early in the morning, Clinton Police Officers received a report of a stolen vehicle from Clinton Convenience Store at 115 North Second Street.
The vehicle had been left running and unattended. Surveillance footage captured the theft and provided a description of a suspect and a suspect vehicle.
An Officer who recognized the suspect vehicle found it at a residence in the 600 Block of East Grandriver Street.
The suspect, later identified as James Lamont Gant, age 24, of Shawnee, Kansas, initially refused to exit the residence when other occupants complied with investigating officer's request. Gant was also reputedly in possession of a handgun.
Gant finally exited the house after officers appeared to have left the scene and took up points of surveillance. After a short foot pursuit, Gant was detained.
Gant was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Robbery in the Second Degree issued through a jurisdiction in Kansas as well as investigation of Vehicle Theft and Resisting Arrest.
The stolen vehicle was recovered, as well as a handgun reported as stolen from Kansas City, Mo. Evidence was also recovered possibly related to a series of stealing from vehicles that occurred in the late evening/ early morning hours.