DeWitt sheriff's office seeks man in possible theft attempt

CLINTON — The DeWitt County sheriff's office is looking for a man they believe was trying to steal from a Wapella business Thursday.

A release from Sheriff Jered Shofner said about 6 p.m., deputies were called to the Wapella Auction House by business owners who were leery of a man trying to pay for more than $5,000 worth of items he had purchased at the auction.

The man ran from the business when he saw the deputy pull in the parking lot.

Deputies learned that he had presented two fraudulent government identification cards when he registered for the auction and believe he was trying to defraud the business.

The man was using the name Kenneth Wilson. He was described as being a white man, about 35 years old, 6 feet 2 inches with a slim build. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark hat and a dark shirt.

Another man with him was arrested on a preliminary charge of driving with a revoked license.

The sheriff's office said anyone encountering the wanted man should be careful and contact the sheriff's office at 217-935-9507.

A photo of the suspect known as Kenneth Wilson is posted online at http://www.dewittsheriff.com.

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