Thanks to an alert neighbor, police were able to catch five burglars who broke into a mobile home in southeast Wichita on Monday.
The 51-year-old man called 911 shortly before 1 p.m. Monday to report that it appeared several men were taking items from a neighbor’s mobile home in the 10000 block of East MacArthur Road, Capt. Brent Allred said. Officers responding to the report spotted and stopped a black Mercury SUV matching the description given by the witness.
Inside they found five men and property stolen from the mobile home, Allred said. The men – ages 25, 21, 18 and two who are 19 – were taken into custody. Property stolen in the burglary included electronic equipment, antiques, handguns, a wallet and jewelry.
One of the five men had a sawed-off shotgun in his possession, Allred said, and officers also found meth paraphernalia in the vehicle.
“This is a prime example of a neighbor watching out for a neighbor,” Allred said. “We were able to recover and return property in the same day. That doesn’t happen very often.”