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Police find suspect accused of stealing Malden police car

Police have found a Dexter man accused of stealing a Malden police cruiser.

Corporal Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says police have found 39 year-old John Christopher Jenkins. He was taken to the jail in Malden.

According to Sheriff Carl Hefner, Jenkins was familiar with the area they found him in.

Hefner said Jenkins had gotten out of his handcuffs. He did not have them on when they found him in a house in rural Stoddard County.

They were looking for him with helicopters, dogs and law enforcement from numerous agencies.

Police worked to establish a perimeter north of Malden in rural Stoddard County. Once the perimeter was established, they did a grid search within that perimeter.

Malden Police Chief Jarrett Bullock said Jenkins was considered dangerous.

Early reports indicate Jenkins was in the backseat of a police cruiser in handcuffs after a traffic stop and somehow stole the cruiser.

According to Bullock, the patrol car stolen is a silver Impala with green and black lettering and a red/blue light bar on top.

Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Malden PD was assisting Stoddard County in trying to find a suspect in connection to stolen weapons charges.

That suspect, John Christopher Jenkins, was located at a home somewhere around Malden.

Several stolen weapons were located and seized by police.

Bullock says Jenkins was double-lock handcuffed behind his back and seat belted in the back of the patrol car by an officer. That officer then went to go tell another officer he was leaving.

In about one minute's time, Jenkins managed to get free and into the driver's seat and take the car.

Malden Superintendent Ken Cook says the high school and elementary were on lockdown.

Assisting in the search are Stoddard, Butler, Dunklin and New Madrid County Sheriff's Offices along with the Highway Patrol.

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