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Police: 17 vehicles broken into in west Wichita

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at 11:55 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at 1:52 p.m.

Two men had a busy morning Thursday, breaking into at least 17 vehicles in same west Wichita neighborhood before they were arrested, police said Friday.

A resident in the 300 block of South Firefly, just off Maple and 119th Street West, looked out a window about 3:40 a.m. and saw two men putting items in the trunk of their red car, Lt. Doug Nolte said.

Police found the two men and the car a short time later in the area. Items taken from the vehicles were in their possession, Nolte said.

After sorting through the stolen items and receiving at least one other complaint from a resident in the area, officers determined that the men broke into 17 vehicles. Windows on the locked cars were broken, Nolte said.

The two men, who are 18 and 21 years old, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, larceny and possession of marijuana, according to an arrest report. They were both booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.

Officers spent much of Thursday sorting through the items. Most of the items have been returned to their owners, Nolte said.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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