UPDATE 1/25/2017 8:15PM: The Clay County Sheriff's Department says Patrick T. Smith has been taken into custody by Lawson police.
A warrant was issued for his arrest after he didn't show up for a court appearance on Tuesday. He's charged with a felony sex offender present or loitering within 500 feet of a park with a playground or pool.
He is being held on a $10,000 cash only bond.
ORIGINAL STORY 1/25/2017 4:25PM:
The Clay County Sheriff's Department is searching for a man they say stole a police cruiser in Lawson, Missouri.
Patrick T. Smith, 33, is the man accused of stealing the cruiser. Officials say he may be armed.
The public is asked to call 911 if you see or know where 33 year old Patrick T Smith is. He may be armed. pic.twitter.com/ygQLn61I2G
— Clay County Sheriff (@SheriffClayCo) January 25, 2017
The Clay County Sheriff's Department tweeted that Lawson Police tried to take Smith into custody on a felony warrant when he stole the car.
Lawson schools were not releasing students on buses but parents were allowed to pick up their children.
41 Action News will update this story as more information becomes available.