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March 24, 2014

Joint project breaks up four-county burglary and theft ring

Several people have been convicted in a yearlong effort to prosecute a burglary and theft operation in area counties, authorities said Monday.

Several people have been convicted in a yearlong effort to prosecute a burglary and theft operation in area counties, authorities said Monday.

A joint operation to arrest five men began about a year ago with a meeting of officers from Butler, Kingman, Harvey and Sedgwick counties, the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

“These individuals committed dozens of burglaries and thefts with hundreds of thousands in property losses in four counties,” the office said in a statement. “Most of the crimes involved stolen vehicles and metal thefts from businesses, especially on Wichita’s north side.”

The five defendants were convicted of nearly 50 counts of burglary, theft, fleeing and eluding, and drug possession.

Richard Sipes has been sentenced to 24 months in prison and is to be released in May 2015.

Jack Stanley is scheduled to be released from prison in December 2021.

The others are Seth Dulaney, who will be released from prison in June 2015; Stephen Effertz, who will be sentenced on March 31 for multiple counts of burglary and theft; and Timothy McNitt, who is scheduled to be released from prison in January 2015, the office said.

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