Omaha police on Thursday arrested three men on suspicion of theft in connection with the investigation of the shooting death of 5-year-old Payton Benson.
The three were booked on suspicion of theft by receiving in connection with a stolen Jeep that police believe is connected to a gunbattle Wednesday near 44th Avenue and Emmet Street, a block from the girl's home.
Payton died after a bullet from the gunbattle struck her inside the house.
Detectives were attempting to interview Jaylen Montgomery, 18, Adonus Moses, 22, and Vincent Hicks, 20, about the shooting. They were being held in the Douglas County Jail.
All three men have served time for weapons convictions, according to Douglas County court records.
Moses was sentenced in 2008 to six to 10 years in prison for first-degree assault and weapon use. He was released June 22.
In November, Moses was charged with possession of hydrocodone and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The weapons charge was dropped. His controlled substance case is pending; Moses was out on bail in that case.
Montgomery served six months in jail last year after his probation was revoked for a 2012 conviction on carrying a concealed weapon.
He was sentenced in 2013 to 30 days he had already spent in jail for possessing codeine. Montgomery also has been in juvenile court for criminal impersonation, theft, trespassing, burglary and weapon use.
Hicks spent about nine months in jail in 2009 for carrying a concealed weapon.
He has been in and out of detention centers for juvenile offenses, including carrying a concealed weapon, knowingly receiving a stolen vehicle, assault and burglary.
In October 2009, Hicks cut off an ankle-monitoring device and threw it in the sewer, a judge said in court documents.