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Stolen car recovered, alleged thief taken into custody

A stolen car has been recovered and the alleged car thief taken into custody by the Joplin Police Department.

It all began yesterday morning (Monday, Jan. 11).

Just after 7:30 a.m., a 2001 Dodge Durango was reported stolen to the Joplin Police Department.

Joplin Police Captain Trevor Duncan says this morning just before 6 a.m. a Joplin Police Officer spotted the car heading eastbound on 20th from Main.

The SUV was stopped at 20th and Connecticut.

The driver, 31-year-old Daniel D. Smith of Tulsa was arrested for 1st degree tampering with a motor vehicle and driving while revoked.

The vehicle was returned to the owner.

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