A man and woman were arrested after police said they tried to use credit cards stolen in several west Wichita burglaries last week.
Wichita police said they received a report that a 22-year-old man had tried to use one of the stolen credit cards at the Sears store in Towne West Square last Saturday. When the man returned to the store Wednesday night with another credit card, the store manager called authorities.
Police said they found the man and an 18-year-old woman in the mall parking lot. When confronted by police, the man pulled a .45-caliber handgun out of his waistband and tossed it on the ground.
The man had other credit cards that were taken from the burglaries and other stolen property in the woman's car, police said. The woman also apparently was carrying a pawn ticket that described more stolen property.
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Police said several houses were broken into at night last week while the residents were home. Burglars entered the houses by taking garage door openers from unlocked cars. The burglars then opened the garage door and gained entry to the house.
The man arrested was identified by police as a gang member with previous criminal convictions, who also had outstanding warrants for theft and burglary.