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Officer arrests two in car break-in near 13th, Maize Road

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at 12:30 p.m.

Officers quickly arrested a man suspected in the break-in of a woman’s car overnight in west Wichita, Wichita police said.

A woman, 24, went inside a store early Monday at 10313 W. 13th St., leaving her purse on the front seat, Lt. Doug Nolte of the Wichita Police Department said.

A witness saw a man break the window and enter the car on the passenger side. He quickly gave a description of the man and the car the man drove away in, Nolte said.

Twenty minutes later, an officer saw a car matching the description near a Wal-Mart on West 21st St., Nolte said. He arrested that man and another man with him when a look inside the car showed that property stolen from the woman was inside.

The men were taken to the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of burglary to an automobile, theft, and one was also charged for attempting to use a stolen credit card, Nolte said.

Though the men were arrested, Nolte said this story, considering there was about $1,000 damage to the victim’s car, is a reminder that people shouldn’t leave property inside a car; it tempts thieves, Nolte said.

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