Alert bystanders help police catch Mead’s Corner burglar

07/23/2013 11:34 AM

07/23/2013 11:36 AM

Alert witnesses helped police catch a burglar in downtown Wichita early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Two people happened to notice a man use a large piece of concrete to break the glass in the front door of Mead’s Corner, 430 E. Douglas, at about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, Lt. Doug Nolte said. They called 911 to report the break-in, and continued to watch as the man later left the store and walked away.

Officers responding to the burglary spotted a 55-year-old man who fit the description given by the witnesses and arrested him in the 200 block of North Mead.

“He went through the business and moved several things around,” Nolte said of the suspect, but nothing was apparently taken.

Nolte lauded the witnesses who called 911 and kept authorities updated as the burglary was happening.

“This is exactly the kind of thing we like to see from citizens — keeping an eye on him so we could catch him,” he said.

They did it without “getting into the middle of things,” he said. That keeps them safe while still providing important information, he said.

Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service