Copper thieves raid closed Dillons store in southeast Wichita

08/06/2014 11:42 AM

08/08/2014 10:26 AM

Burglars caused several hundred thousand dollars worth of damage when they broke into a now-closed Dillons store and stripped the building of copper wire and tubing, police said.

The damage and theft was discovered Tuesday at the building at 1607 S. Georgetown, Capt. Doug Nolte said. That’s just south of Harry and west of Oliver in southeast Wichita.

The thieves stole about $100,000 worth of copper and left behind damage worth much more than that, Nolte said. The building was last checked in early July.

“Thieves cut holes in the wall and pulled out wiring and copper tubing,” Nolte said. “It’s a significant amount of damage and loss.

“This is one of the things we talk about on an ongoing basis,” he said. “Empty buildings need to be checked on a regular basis.”

Vacant buildings can attract thieves, he said. The thieves appeared to gain access to the building on Georgetown through a back door, Nolte said. Whoever committed the crime needed several days or even weeks to do what they did, he said.

Police found evidence at the scene that may provide clues, Nolte said. Anyone who noticed suspicious activity at the building over the past month is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

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