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Like a scene out of a movie: Bad guy chased through Oskaloosa

Compiled by Sara Peterson-Davis
This story appeared on the front page of the Oskaloosa Independent 15 years ago this week. You gotta love it. It reads like a scene from a movie.

Jefferson County Planning Administrator June Huston chased a would-be thief after finding him behind her desk in the Jefferson County Courthouse removing items from her purse.

The man ran and Huston went after him. She chased the suspect up the stairwell to the second floor where he shoved the door back in her face, bending her glasses and giving her a sore eye. She then chased him west to the bank where she yelled at nearby construction workers to track where he went while she used a bank telephone to call the sheriff’s office.

When she finished her phone call, she was told the suspect had returned to the courthouse. The suspect ran through the courthouse, crossed the street on the east, and went down the alley behind the hardware store. Huston confronted him again in front of the Mutual Savings building when the man jumped into a car driven by a woman. The two drove away.

A 36-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were arrested later by Leavenworth County authorities and the Kansas Highway Patrol

The thieves got away with about $100 in cash, credit cards and other items.

When asked if she wasn’t being a little too gutsy in giving chase, Huston replied that it frightened her somewhat once it was over.

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