Parsons police with the help from other agencies searched a hotel under construction in Parsons on Thursday night.

About 7:26 p.m. Thursday, police were called to suspicious activity at the Holiday Inn Express, 1500 Cattle Drive, on a report of a man “dancing” around the building. 

Officers spoke to witnesses who directed them to the hotel and described the individual as a male wearing black sweatpants and a dark shirt with light covered sleeves. While looking for the individual the officers located Veston Leward Brown, 35, of Kansas City, Missouri. Officers discovered a vehicle in the vicinity that Brown identified as his friend’s vehicle and that it had run out of gas. The vehicle, a 2019 Nissan Frontier, turned out to be stolen from the Affordable Towing impound lot in Joplin.

Brown was detained and the key fob to the stolen vehicle was recovered from him. Officers searched the stolen vehicle and found suspected drugs and paraphernalia in the vehicle. Because Brown mentioned the truck belonged to his friend, police and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers searched the construction site looking for an accomplice. Surveillance video showed only one person, Brown, with the vehicle and the search was concluded. 

Brown was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. Charges have been sent to the Labette County Attorneys Office for formal charging.

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said, “A great start to the new year is witnessing ‘see it, hear it, report it’ in action and being successful. This is a perfect example of citizens helping officers and giving good information to get a good arrest.”

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