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Burglars hit several Derby homes in one night

  • Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at 8:20 p.m.

The city of Derby experienced a rash of home burglaries on a single night last week.

Police Chief Robert Lee said there were three residential burglaries and one attempted burglary in one area of the city on Tuesday.

Lee said that in spite of the outbreak, burglaries for the year are down in Derby, from 86 last year to 74 through last Wednesday.

“But anytime we have four in one evening , that’s obviously. a source of concern for us,” he said.

Lee said the city is investigating the Tuesday outbreak, which happened in the Tall Tree Road area of the city on the east side of Rock Road. Police have no leads yet. Losses ranged across a wide variety of items, including jewelry and firearms, he said.

The time of the season could be a factor, he said.

“We’ve had a spike in burglaries in August and September,” Lee said, “but it could be that burglars know at this time of the season houses have a whole lot more merchandise readily available to steal than any other time of the year.”

He urged the public to watch out for one another and use their neighborhood watch programs. He also urged residents to report suspicious people or vehicles in their neighborhoods.

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