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Alert neighbor helps police nab burglars

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at 1:40 p.m.

Thanks to an alert neighbor, police were able to catch five burglars who broke into a mobile home in southeast Wichita on Monday.

The 51-year-old man called 911 shortly before 1 p.m. Monday to report that it appeared several men were taking items from a neighbor’s mobile home in the 10000 block of East MacArthur Road, Capt. Brent Allred said. Officers responding to the report spotted and stopped a black Mercury SUV matching the description given by the witness.

Inside they found five men and property stolen from the mobile home, Allred said. The men – ages 25, 21, 18 and two who are 19 – were taken into custody. Property stolen in the burglary included electronic equipment, antiques, handguns, a wallet and jewelry.

One of the five men had a sawed-off shotgun in his possession, Allred said, and officers also found meth paraphernalia in the vehicle.

“This is a prime example of a neighbor watching out for a neighbor,” Allred said. “We were able to recover and return property in the same day. That doesn’t happen very often.”

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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