Following is a Facebook message posted today by the Aurora-Marionville, Mo. Police:
“This morning, a white passenger car (pictured) was seen traveling into Aurora on Business 60. Cpl. Neely of the Aurora Police Department saw it had no plates and attempted a traffic stop.
“The car did not stop and a short pursuit ensued.
The car eventually left the roadway near the intersection of Hwy. 39 and Dyer in Aurora. Two occupants exited the vehicle and ran but were quickly apprehended by officers.
“[It] turns out the vehicle was stolen yesterday from a dealership in Springfield. They had not yet realized it was stolen.
“Meth, syringes, a glass meth pipe, and other items were located inside the vehicle along with financial documents not belonging to the occupants. It appears they were in possession of stolen checks and were passing them since yesterday prior to their apprehension today.
“This is an active investigation and we are working with the jurisdictions where people have been victimized to ensure the correct handling of all criminal matters. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.
“Fantastic work by Cpl. Neely, Sgt. Borich and we always appreciate the help we get from our friends at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. We are so blessed to have a great group who always has each other’s backs.”