Jackson Co. Sheriff arrests brothers in separate stolen vehicles

Published: Nov. 29, 2019 at 12:04 PM CST
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Two brothers are behind bars after they were both found behind the wheel of stolen cars.

According to Jackson Co. Sheriff Tim Morse, deputies stopped a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer around 1:30a.m. Friday morning on 150th Road west of Mayetta.

Eric Dean McCracken, 36, of Topeka was arrested following the stop for driving while suspended.

Then just before 5:00a.m. Jackson Co. Deputies were alerted by Shawnee Co. dispatchers that they were tracking a stolen truck via GPS, headed north from Topeka. An off-duty deputy spotted and followed the 2015 Chevy Silverado on Highway 75. The deputy called it in and followed the truck into Holton where an officer tried to stop it on Banner Road.

The driver didn’t stop, and lead officers on a chase through Holton, going though yards and then stopped behind the old Country Mart where he jumped out and ran.

A perimeter was set up, and K-9 was called in to track the suspect. Later, Keith Ray McCracken, 32, of Topeka was spotted inside the Casey’s General Store on Arizona, where he was taken into custody.

“It is believed that the younger McCracken was enroute to the Jackson County Jail to post bail on his older brother in a stolen vehicle,” said Sheriff Morse.

Deputies say they contacted the owner of the Trailblazer in Meriden. They didn’t know their vehicle was missing leading to additional charges for Eric McCracken.

Both brothers are in the Jackson County Jail.

Eric McCracken was booked into jail for driving while suspended and possession of stolen property. Keith McCracken is being held for fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, driving while suspended and possession of stolen property.

Bond for the pair has not been set.