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Two Salina men arrested in Abilene for allegedly stealing John Deere tractor

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Salina men on Tuesday for alleged theft of a John Deere tractor.

Alan Kosakowski, 63, and Joshua Baker, 35, were arrested after an investigation involving undercover officers seeking to ‘buy’ the stolen tractor.

On October 25, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office became aware of a suspicious post involving a John Deere 4044R tractor listed on Craigslist. After further investigation, authorities discovered that the tractor, worth approximately $36,645, was stolen from Prairieland Partners in Abilene.

Police and Sheriff’s Departments work together to make a quick arrest

Dickinson County Undersheriff Jeff Vaughan said the department has worked on numerous theft cases, but one stolen tractor is definitely out of the ordinary.

“There are a number of thefts that are happening in Dickinson County, in terms of tractor thefts, we haven’t linked them to any other cases that I’m aware of at this point,” Vaughan said.

After working with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, authorities made a deal with undercover officers to purchase the tractor from the suspects. Undercover officers encountered suspects Kosakowski and Baker who had the tractor with them in the 1000 block of 1700 Avenue.

Shortly after, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kosakowski and Baker, both of Salina. The stolen John Deere tractor has been recovered.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office has requested assistance from the Abilene Police Department’s K9 unit during the investigation. The unit later discovered that the suspects were in possession of marijuana and methamphetamine.

“I would say this investigation is an example of agencies working together and sharing information, and that’s what ultimately brought this issue to a rapid resolution,” Vaughan said.

Kosakowski was incarcerated in Dickinson County Jail on charges of theft, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

Baker was incarcerated in Dickinson County Jail on charges of theft, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Vaughan said the investigation is still ongoing between the departments that assisted Dickinson County with the arrest. The first tip regarding Craigslist’s suspicious listing came from a detective from the Midwest City, Oklahoma, Police Department.

Dickinson County was assisted in the case by the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, the Abilene Police Department and the Midwest City, Oklahoma Police Department.

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