Two Men are Back in Sheridan Facing Felony Theft Charges
Two former Sheridan residents will appear in court later this month on felony theft charges after they were arrested May 9 in Minnesota.
The case began on May 7 when the Sheridan Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a local business. The 2016 Ford C-Max was unoccupied and had no visible registration. Officers located two Wyoming license plates in the vehicle as well as other items belonging to 65-year-old Kevin Esham.
Further investigation revealed the license plates had been removed from vehicles at S&K Auto Services. Employees there reported seeing Esham on May 7. However, when contacted by phone by officers, Esham denied knowledge of the C-Max and told officers he was in Ohio at the time.
Other local residents reported seeing Esham at a local soup kitchen May 4 and also told police that “Josh,” later identified as 52-year-old Joshua Kaplan, drove a white C-Max from New Mexico to Sheridan to pick up Esham.
Motel records confirm Esham stayed in Sheridan on May 5 and 6. A male fitting the description of Kaplan was with Esham and witnesses reported they left in a “little white car.”
Officers learned the C-Max had been stolen from a car dealer in Roswell, New Mexico, sometime after April 30.
Two other vehicles, a 2019 Jeep Cherokee and a 2019 Dodge Ram, were reported stolen from Sheridan Motors May 7.
Video surveillance allegedly shows both Esham and Kaplan in all three of the stolen vehicles.
On the evening of May 9, the Lincoln County Minnesota Sheriffs Office located the stolen vehicles and arrested Esham and Kaplan.
Esham’s preliminary hearing is June 18, and Kaplan’s is June 25, in Sheridan Circuit Court.
Felony theft is punishable by imprisonment for a maximum of 10 years in prison, a fine of no more than $10,000, or both.