Crime & Courts

April 23, 2014

Suspect in Sedgwick County burglaries is arrested

Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 30-year-old Wichita man, suspected in a number of residential burglaries, after he crashed a stolen truck while fleeing a Derby business, an official said Wednesday.

Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 30-year-old Wichita man, suspected in a number of residential burglaries, after he crashed a stolen truck while fleeing a Derby business, an official said Wednesday.

Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Pollock said investigators had focused on the man as a suspect in burglaries occurring in southern Sedgwick County in late March.

The effort to arrest the man resulted from a process known as intelligence-led policing, Pollock said. The process involves use of intelligence information that is gathered, sifted and shared and a top-down approach in focusing on a suspect, Pollock said. It also involves some computer analysis. “These tools have assisted us in identifying and targeting prolific and serious criminals,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Wednesday.

Pollock gave this account: Deputies saw the man Tuesday afternoon fleeing from a Derby business where he was a suspected of shoplifting. Brandon J. Metcalf was arrested after crashing a stolen truck near 87th Street South and Greenwich and has been booked into jail on suspicion of a number of crimes: possession of stolen property, auto theft, burglary, felony theft, possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving, driving while suspended and a probation violation.

Investigators plan to present their case to prosecutors later this week.

Metcalf has previous convictions in Sedgwick County for theft, criminal damage to property and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records. Those crimes occurred in 2006 and 2010. His last sentence expired on May 3, 2013.

The records show that between 2007 and 2013, Metcalf absconded, or stopped reporting to parole officers, six times.

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