Shortly after midnight on Oct. 14, three men armed with handguns waited outside the Golden Corral at 616 S. Ridge Road. As two employees left the restaurant, the men with handguns forced them back inside. The men were able to get money out of the safe before leaving on foot. They were last seen running east from the restaurant. Although no vehicles were seen, they may have fled in a white SUV.
On Tuesday, Aug. 2, a man driving a white-and-brown older-model Ford flatbed truck was able to make his way into the back compound of the Yardstore at 725 E. Central. While in the back lot, the man loaded three blocks of aluminum valued at more than $5,000. A second suspect that assisted the first has been taken into custody. Now police need help identifying the main suspect.
At 9 a.m. on Sept. 30, three men entered the EZ Payday Advance at 3750 N. Woodlawn. They were armed with silver handguns and told the cashier to give them the money. After getting the money, they unsuccessfully tried to open the safe. No one was injured.
At 10 p.m. on Sept. 25, two men entered the Dollar General Store at 2747 W. Pawnee. One pulled out a knife and ordered the cashier to open the registers. The other held another employee on the ground while the first suspect took the money. There were no injuries.
The Wichita Police Department needs help catching a group of burglars responsible for 14 burglaries since June. Between June 6 and Sept. 13, the suspects have burglarized stores throughout Wichita, including Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Radio Shack, Ribbit Computers, Rent-A-Center, Mobile Communications, Motor Mouth Wireless and Haddock Computer. The suspects use a glass punch to break a window to get in the businesses and grab what they can in a short amount of time. The loss of laptops, iPods, cellphones and televisions is valued at more than $15,000.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, the Wichita Fire Department responded to a shed on fire at the Woodlands Mobile Home Park, 4480 S. Meridian. The shed suffered extensive damage. Less than two hours later, the Wichita Fire Department responded to a second shed fire in the same mobile home park. The second fire spread quickly to the home, which was occupied by an adult and three children who were sleeping. Everyone escaped without injury. Both fires were ruled arson and caused more than $10,000 in damages.
Early on Thursday, July 28, an arsonist struck at the First Pentecostal Church, 1755 E. MacArthur. The target was a fleet of buses used by the church to transport members to services. Trash cans were placed in two buses and set on fire, which spread to other buses in the lot. Four buses are a total loss; four other buses suffered fire damage. Total loss exceeded $30,000.