Man accused of breaking into local towing impound area to steal evidence pleads not guilty  

YORK – Joshua Shockley, 45, of Belleville, Kansas, is accused of breaking into a towing impound area in York in order to allegedly steal evidence pertaining to a drug overdose investigation. His arraignment was held this week in York County District Court.

According to the affidavit filed with the court by investigators from the York Police Department, officers were involved in an investigation pertaining to a woman’s drug overdose. During that investigation, it was allegedly uncovered how the woman was the prime suspect in a medication theft in Lincoln and a distributable amount of fentanyl had been found in her possession. During that time, the woman was in intensive care as a result of her overdose. The York Police were assisting the Lincoln Police Department in their investigation, according to court documents.

During that investigation, it is alleged Shockley called the York Police Department with information about the overdose situation, stating the woman “did not know she was getting fentanyl and thought she was getting cocaine,” according to court documents.

While Shockley was at the York Police Department, making a statement, it is alleged he asked for her phone to be released but officers told him it had been seized with a vehicle. Lincoln investigators had also told YPD they wanted the woman’s phone to aid in their investigation.

It is alleged Shockley had been asking police for the release of the vehicle from a local towing company and continued asking questions about getting the woman’s phone. At some point, officers say he confessed to burglarizing a local towing company, going to the vehicle in question and taking the woman’s phone.

The local towing company’s surveillance footage allegedly showed Shockley breaking into the impoundment area, going to the vehicle and taking the phone.

Shockley has been charged with burglary, a Class 2A felony; tampering with physical evidence, a Class 4 felony; and obstruction of government operations, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and a jury trial has been scheduled for late summer.

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