Arrested for Stealing From Deceased (and then it gets worse), CORRIGAN, May 6, 2015 - As if it weren't bad enough that a man lost his life after being struck by an 18 wheeler, an investigation by Corrigan Police Department reveals an unwanted, senseless, darker and down right sorry crime. On May 4, 2015, after a pedestrian was struck and killed by an 18 wheeler on US-59 at Highway 287, according to witness and video tape, a man took advantage of the deceased man that was laying in the road and went through his pockets and stole from him and appeared to take money from the accident victim's pockets. When Corrigan Police arrived on the scene, they spoke to a witness to the accident who stated that after the pedestrian was killed, a young man did the dastardly above mentioned deed. The witness observed that the suspect (Don Herman Botley, Jr., 20, of Corrigan) was still on the scene and now just a bystander standing around with other people a short distance away. It Gets Worse... The accident investigating officer approached Botley and explained to him what the witness said. Botley admitted that he stole a flashlight from the accident victim, but that he didn't take any money. However, he said that he had five dollars in his pocket that he would give back. Here's the kicker, when the officer asked Botley what his name was, he identified himself with his older brother's name. The officer wrote down the name and continued with his accident investigation. The next day, Officers with Corrigan PD located the suspect (the elder brother who DIDN'T commit the theft) and brought him to the station. Videotape from a nearby security camera shows Botley run to the man who had just been killed, and go through his pockets, and take things. The suspect denied the evil deed and insisted it was his younger brother (Note: The two brothers are only a year apart and look very much alike). After continued denial, police went and found the younger brother (Don Botley, Jr.) and brought him to the station. Sure enough, it was the younger brother. He was even wearing the same clothes that were recorded the night before at the scene of the accident by a security camera. Don Herman Botley, Jr. was placed under arrest and charged with theft from a person / corpse (felony) and providing fictitious information for identification. Additionally, Botley had several warrants out for his arrest for traffic violations. On Wednesday morning (04/06/15) Botley was transported to Polk County Jail and booked in.
Seargent Harold Rapsilver, with Corrigan PD, escorts Botley to a patrol unit to transport Botley to Polk County Jail on Wednesday morning (05/06/15).
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