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Burglaries increase in past two months for west-side neighborhoods

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at 12:23 p.m.

Burglars appear to be targeting a swatch of west Wichita, police say, and residents need to keep their eyes open for the crime wave to be quashed.

Over the past two months, 30 burglaries with similar tactics and targeted items have occurred in a sector bounded by I-235, Meridian, Kellogg and 13th Street, Capt. Rusty Leeds said. That’s double the normal rate for that 4-square-mile area.

“Right now we just don’t have anything” in terms of a suspect description, Leeds said.

One or more burglars is kicking in a front or back door and looking for jewelry, cash or gaming systems, he said. In a few cases, they have come in through an open door, and sometimes electronics such as a digital camera or television has been taken.

Most of the burglaries have taken place between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. between Monday and Thursday — when victims are at work or are taking their children to school.

Beat officers have met with the three neighborhood associations within the boundaries of the crime wave, Leeds said, but the cases continue to pile up

Residents have given two very different vague descriptions of potential suspects, he said, but they’re not enough to identify persons of interest.

“We don’t have enough information to go after anybody in particular,” Leeds said.

Given when the crimes have been taking place, Leeds said, police are hoping retirees or folks who work the night shift and are at home during the day will keep their eyes open and quickly report any suspicious activity so officers can respond rapidly.

Residents can call 911, the Patrol West Bureau at 316-350-3460 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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