Stolen property found at Chetopa residence


A Chetopa man is in jail after law officers recovered items at his home that may have been stolen from locations in two states.

At 3:29 p.m. Tuesday, detectives from the Labette County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Chetopa Police Department served a search warrant at the Ronnie J. Butler home, 1305 Franklin St., in Chetopa. 

During the search, officers found numerous suspected stolen household and workshop items, along with two stolen WaveRunners, two stolen four wheelers and one side by side.

Sheriff Darren Eichinger said detectives and police determined the items were possibly stolen from 11 jurisdictions in Kansas and Oklahoma.

The WaveRunners, four-wheelers and the Kawasaki Mule side by side were taken from Ketchum, Oklahoma.

Other property was taken from Labette, Cherokee and Montgomery counties and several counties in Oklahoma, as far to the south as Muskogee.

Eichinger said officers retrieved four trailer loads and two or three pickup loads of suspected stolen property.

The estimated value of the stolen property will exceed several thousand dollars as detectives sort through the items.

Butler, 34, remains in the Labette County Jail for a probation violation. He was held for possession of stolen property but that has changed because Oklahoma authorities will be filing burglary and theft charges against him.

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