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January 8, 2014

Sheriff’s Office reports break in case involving vehicle, farm implement thefts

Authorities could solve up to 10 auto and farm implement thefts as a result of a recent multi-agency investigation, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Authorities could solve up to 10 auto and farm implement thefts as a result of a recent multi-agency investigation, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The vehicles and implements, from Butler and Harvey counties, were being stolen for scrap, Sedgwick County sheriff’s Lt. David Mattingly said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, on Monday, sheriff’s investigators got a tip that a stolen vehicle could be found near 3200 S. Clifton. Investigators determined that the vehicle had been stolen from Butler County. On Tuesday, investigators from the Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick sheriff’s offices found the stolen 1986 Chevrolet pick-up near 6000 S. Osage. The pickup belongs to a Butler County school district.

After a brief foot chase, authorities took three men into custody. One of them, a 41-year-old Wichita man, was booked into the Kingman County Jail on a warrant. The others were released, but authorities expect to charge all three, Mattingly said.

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