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Sheriff’s Office hoping to curb a rise in burglaries

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 3:12 p.m.

Detectives from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office are working to curb a rise in burglaries in the past week, mainly in areas to the south and southeast of Wichita, Capt. Mike Stover said Wednesday.

“Our investigation division . . . has noticed an (uptick) in the last seven days in burglary-type crimes, so they will continue to aggressively address that,” Stover said.

The 10 incidents Stover cited were primarily residential burglaries, though an equal amount were burglaries in unattached sheds.

Stover said at this point, detectives do not believe the burglaries are connected, but they will “continue to investigate that.”

Losses have included one pillow that was set on fire in a bathtub in one burglary and $12,250 in another, according to a media report from the Sheriff’s Office.

Stover said he does have a motive for the burglaries, and said it’s not a “seasonal thing.”

“It’s a crime of opportunity,” Stover said. “It can also be related to particular individuals that may be doing it, but at this point we don’t know what it’s related to.”

He stressed the importance of keeping valuables out of plain sight, both in the home and in the car. One of the crimes listed was the theft of a purse from the Sedgwick County Zoo parking lot.

“It’s very easy to break a window,” Stover said. “As a matter of fact, one of our cases was witnessed and the witness couldn’t do anything to stop it, just how quickly it had occurred. It takes no time at all to break a window, grab the contents that they can already see and leave.”

If people have information on a burglary, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 316-269-2111.

Reach Matt Riedl at 316-269-6791 or mriedl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @riedlmatt.

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