Traffic accident leads to stolen tow truck, stolen car & stolen pit bull

Canaan Accident Leads to Manhunt and Felony Arrests

NEW YORK STATE POLICE Major Robert C. GregoryTroop K Commander

PRESS RELEASE Canaan, New York – On August 8, 2017, New York State Police from the New Lebanon barracks, supported by the Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation, announce the arrest of 46-year-old Steven P. Nance for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd Degree, a Class C Felony and 31-year-old Jonathan Kimball for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd Degree and Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., Troopers responded to a 911 call for a three car collision at the intersection of Routes 22 and 295 in the Town of Canaan. The preliminary investigation at the scene revealed a 2011 Ford F550 tow truck, later determined to be operated by Kimball, was traveling north on Route 22 when it struck a 2008 Chevrolet Blazer traveling east on State Route 295 after the tow truck failed to stop for a red traffic signal. Kimball then placed the tow truck in reverse in an attempt to flee the scene and subsequently struck a third vehicle that was parked unattended in the parking lot of the Bar-Ken repair shop. Both occupants of the tow truck, which was determined to be stolen out of Barnsville, Pennsylvania, fled on foot. While still investigating at the scene, passenger Steven Nance was located and taken into custody. Investigation later revealed, the Pitbull dog left behind in the tow truck was determined to have been stolen from person in Montgomery, Alabama.

There were no injuries reported in the traffic incident.

While investigating this incident Troopers were notified that another vehicle had been stolen from near the scene of the accident and later had been recovered by Pittsfield Police Department, Pittsfield, MA.At approximately 12:30 pm on August 8th, State Police in New Lebanon received a complaint of a suspicious person fitting the description of the tow truck operator in the area of SR-295 and SR-22, Canaan. Troopers responded to the area where a search of the area commenced with a State Police helicopter and K-9 units from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police. Approximately 5 hours later Kimbal was located walking down SR-22 and taken into custody by Troopers.

Troopers are coordinating with law enforcement authorities in Alabama, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New York as they investigate this crime spree. Nance was arraigned in the Town of Canaan Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail over $20,000 bond. Kimball was arraigned in the Town of Claverack Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail and $25,000 bond.

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