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Man connected to January burglaries still sought

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at 6:28 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at 7:07 a.m.

Authorities continue to look for a person of interest sought in a rash of home burglaries last month, a Sedgwick County sheriff’s investigator said Tuesday.

The man was captured on a home security camera in 3800 block of 103rd Street South on Jan. 15. The video shows a black man in his mid-50s to early 60s with short hair and a goatee peering into a glass door of a house. He jiggled the handle and then walked away.

The home is one of three broken into between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. that day, Sgt. Wayne Ruffner said.

Damage and property loss is estimated at $7,000. Items stolen include guns, electronics, jewelry and cash.

The man remains a person of interest in the cases, Ruffner said Tuesday. Investigators have received several tips about the man after releasing the surveillance video last month, but most “ended up being a dead end,” he said.

“We’re still looking for him,” Ruffin said.

The man was wearing a leather jacket, black ball cap, blue jeans and a plaid shirt in the video. He had an earring in his left ear, wore glasses and is about 5-foot-9 with an average build.

Anyone with information on the burglaries or who recognizes the man is asked to call Wichita/Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. Tips also may be submitted at www.wsccs.com or by texting TIP217 then a message to CRIMES (274637) from a cellphone.

Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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