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9:02 PM Sat, Nov. 17th

Deputies, police chase burglary suspect through Kingman

John Everett Wheeler

John Everett Wheeler

A stolen jacket from a truck stop led to a police chase Sunday that ended with the arrest of the suspect in the burglary of Bank Street Guns.

It was the fourth police chase in a week. All four chases ended in arrests.

Mohave County Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said detectives had already identified John Everett Wheeler, 52, of Kingman, as the suspect in the Oct. 16 burglary of Bank Street Guns, but had been unable to locate him.

Around 4 p.m. Sunday, a manager at the Love's Truck Stop off of Interstate 40 called to report that someone had stolen a jacket. The vehicle description and license plate number given by the manager matched a vehicle belonging to Wheeler.

A deputy in the area caught sight of Wheeler's black Impala as it left the truck stop and got onto Interstate 40.

With the deputy in pursuit, the vehicle continued west on I-40 before exiting at Stockton Hill Road and proceeding down Beverly Avenue to a neighborhood behind Kingman Regional Medical Center.

Sheriff's units and Kingman Police units who had joined the chase lost sight of the Impala before it was found abandoned in the area of Berk and Fifth streets.

Bystanders, however, called 911 to report a man running through yards on Windsor Avenue. Following a brief search, Wheeler was located in a shed in the 300 block of Sunrise Avenue.

Carter said two others seen in the truck during the pursuit were not found.

Wheeler was booked into the Mohave County Jail on felony charges of burglary and misdemeanor charges of shoplifting.