Wichita police took into custody two men early Sunday who were caught taking copper and other items from Cook’s Heating and Cooling in the 2200 block of South West Street.
A 31-year-old and a 26-year-old man were booked on charges of burglary theft and criminal damage to property, according to Sgt. Bart Brunscheen, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.
Police were contacted at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday by a person saying he was seeing a burglary in process through a surveillance camera.
Officers were dispatched to the business where they saw a truck trying to leave a fenced-in area, Brunscheen said. The men had been in the process of hooking up a trailer to the truck, which was filled with copper. The officers tried to stop the truck and the men ended up jumping out of the vehicle and running on foot into a drainage tunnel, partially covered with mud and water.
Brunscheen said the officers did not chase the men into the water but set up a perimeter. Because it was 32 degrees out, the men eventually gave up on their own, Brunscheen said. The men were checked by EMS crews on the scene and then taken into custody.