Stolen truck recovered; meth discovered

SALINA — A truck that was taken on a test drive Friday and never returned was recovered early Saturday morning.

Salina Police said around 12:10 a.m. Saturday, the 2012 Ford F-150 parked in the parking lot of the East Crawford Recreation Area located in the 800 block of Markley Road.

Police said the park is closed from midnight to 5 a.m. so an officer patrolling the area approached the vehicle and made contact with Jerry Bishop, 40, of Salina, and Brittany Tucker, 37, of Abilene, inside.

The officer was aware during shift briefing that Bishop had a Kansas Department of Corrections arrest and detain warrant and was a suspect in the stolen truck.

The dealer plate that was stolen with the truck was located inside the vehicle, while the plate on the truck at the time it was found was determined to have been stolen Friday from a 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck belonging to Sushil Bhakta, 51, of Salina which was located at the Log Cabin Motel at 440 N. Broadway Blvd.

A backpack containing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia belonging to Tucker was also found during a search of the truck.

Bishop was arrested in connection to the arrest and detain warrant, felony theft and possession of stolen property. Tucker was arrested in connection to possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.