Jamestown  (JPD, Justin Blinsky)  Jamestown Police reports that on Wednesday September 16, 2020 at 3:56-a.m., a Jamestown Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a 1994 GMC pickup in the 200 block of 5 St NW for an equipment violation. The vehicle was owned and registered to a business in the Kensal, ND area. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 30-year-old Michael Jay Grager of Jamestown. Grager made claims he was a current employee of the business, at the time of the stop. Grager was arrested on suspicion of Driving while his Operators License was suspended and two active Arrest Warrants from Foster County, ND.

At approximately 8:04 a.m., the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office took a report from a Kensal business of their pickup being stolen overnight. It was determined the 1994 GMC Sierra pickup, which had been stopped by the Jamestown Police Department hours earlier, was the vehicle stolen overnight, but had not been reported missing until after the business opened.

At approximately 8:18-a.m., a Jamestown resident who owns a 1987 Ford pickup reported his vehicle was stolen overnight from his residence in Jamestown and had already been located by an acquaintance in Kensal, ND, who notified him of his vehicle’s location. The Jamestown Police Department requested assistance from the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, to conduct a joint investigation, since the stolen vehicle from Jamestown was abandoned in Kensal, ND and the stolen vehicle from Kensal, ND was recovered in Jamestown.

The investigation by both departments determined the vehicle stolen from Jamestown overnight was taken to Kensal, ND, where it was left abandoned at the same business which then had their vehicle stolen. Based on the information learned during the investigation, it is alleged the same individual stole both vehicles, which are now currently being returned to their owners.

Michael Jay Grager has been arrested on 2 additional charges of suspicion of theft of motor vehicles. He remains in the Stutsman County Correctional Center, awaiting formal charges.

The investigation into this incident continues. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department or Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office at 701-252-1000.