Dayton police make arrest in theft of pickup truck taken in Springfield

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 8:49 PM

A 27-year-old man remains in jail Thursday night on charges related to the theft of a pickup truck in Springfield that ended in Dayton after a pursuit involving at least two law enforcement agencies.

>> Pickup truck stolen in Springfield, found in Dayton

Michael Sibole, believed to be of New Carlisle, was arrested just before 8 p.m. Wednesday by Dayton police in the 3200 block of West Siebenthaler Avenue. The truck was there, too. 

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Sibole is being detained in the Montgomery County Jail on a felony charge of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of advertising and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Courtney Elliott, who left the Dodge truck running when it was taken late Wednesday afternoon from the fenced parking lot of her employer on West Main Street, believes her iPhone played a role in the arrest. Springfield police were able to "ping" it and track the vehicle’s location using the "Find My iPhone" app, a police lieutenant said. 

"That's the only way they were able to find it," Elliott said in a telephone interview Thursday. 

Police also have video footage from the parking lot of the manufacturing business where Elliott works. 

Michael Sibole (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

She and her boyfriend drove to Dayton on Wednesday night to retrieve the truck, which belongs to her boyfriend. 

Elliott said the truck had been damaged, apparently during the pursuit that began with Clark County sheriff's deputies in Springfield and ended with Dayton police at the Northwest Plaza on Siebenthaler Avenue. 

She said police told her the truck apparently had run out of gas.

She also said more than $600 her daughter raised through candy and food sales for the Girl Scouts was missing. Elliott said she's hoping insurance will help with repairs as well as with recovering the cash and other valuables she believes were taken in the incident. 

A moment of forgetfulness -- Elliott said she went back inside her workplace to get something and when she returned, the truck was gone -- led to a few anxious hours. 

"I'm going to get a remote starter," she said. She also said she won't leave the truck anymore while it's running. 

We will update this story as developments warrant. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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