Tecumseh Police Report


September 3, 2020

The Tecumseh Police Department had another busy week handling everything from traffic stops to fraud investigations.

Several cases from this week list suspects, but no arrest, and others have yet to have a suspect named.

• On Aug. 25, Officer Jacob Niblett was flagged down in the parking lot of Braum's by two employees, according to an incident report. The employees pointed to a black Infiniti which had stopped at an angle, blocking a lane in the parking lot. The employees informed Niblett that the driver had hit the curb before coming to a stop. Niblett approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, later identified as Nichole Mata. Mata rolled down the window, and Niblett reports smelling the odor of alcohol emanating from the vehicle. Niblett asked Mata to exit the vehicle, but he continued to smell alcohol, and determined that it was coming from her breath. Niblett asked Mata how much she had to drink, and she told him she had only one drink, but it was in a big glass. Niblett administered several field sobriety tests, which Mata struggled through, before asking Mata once again how much she had to drink. This time, she gave the same answer as before, but added that Niblett could just check her car because the drink was still inside. Mata was placed under arrest at approximately 12:11 am and transported to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. She was charged with DUI, and failure to report a change of address to DPS. According to PCPSC records, Mata was released on a $2500 bond on Aug. 26.

• Two reports this week reference a significant amount of lost or stolen property. One of these was reported in the 600 block of East Elizabeth Street by Officer Dakota Snow. Snow arrived on scene near midnight of Aug. 26, and met with the reporting person. According to the incident report, a maroon 2001 Jaguar STY was taken from the property without permission, and had not been returned as of Aug. 31. The vehicle was only recently purchased, and had no permanent tags, and was not registered in the owner's name. The owner also reported $60 in cash, and $10 in quarters being taken along with the vehicle. A suspect was reported in connection with the theft, but no arrests were noted in the report. The other major loss of property involves a fraud case that had no listed suspects as of Aug. 31. A pair of siblings was conned out of $1400 in eBay gift cards after falling victim to an online scam. The siblings thought they were buying a car from a person in Utah, who requested payment for the vehicle in eBay gift cards. After sending the gift cards to the individual who was supposedly selling the vehicle, the siblings came to the Tecumseh Police Department to file a report. There, they provided officers with all of their email interactions with the online stranger.


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