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July 19, 2013

Third man charged in theft of firearms from sheriff’s vehicles

A third man has been charged in connection with a weapons theft from three Sedgwick County sheriff’s vehicles late last month.

A third man has been charged in connection with a weapons theft from three Sedgwick County sheriff’s vehicles late last month.

Erick Dean White, 21, of Wichita, faces three counts of burglary, two counts of possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a firearm and theft in the case, Sedgwick County District Attorney spokesman Dan Dillon said in an e-mailed response to questions. White made his first appearance Friday in Sedgwick County District Court to hear the charges, Dillon said.

White remained in Sedgwick County Jail on Friday in lieu of $300,000 bond on a probation violation. His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 1, Dillon said.

The Sheriff’s Office has said three men broke into the vehicles at the county’s fleet maintenance compound on June 29 and stole a semi-automatic Bushmaster M4 rifle, two Remington 870 shotguns and other law enforcement gear. At least one of the guns has been recovered.

On Wednesday, Charles Ted Murrow, 18, and Buddy Lee Wheelock, 21, were charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft and criminal possession of a firearm for the crime. A fourth person had been jailed on suspicion of possessing stolen property, according to booking records, but is no longer in custody.

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