Crime of the Week

April 21, 2011

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The crime

The crime

Between March 14 and April 7 thieves in search of copper wire struck the northern part of Sedgwick County four times. The thieves damaged multiple utility and communication lines, stripping them of the copper wire. In one instance a chain saw was used to cut down the utility poles prior to stripping them. The thefts took place in the areas of K-96 and 151st Street West; on 77th Street North between Greenwich and 127th Street East, and in the 2900 and 3800 blocks of East 61st Street North. The suspects made off with more than 2,200 feet of copper wire valued at more than $8,000 while causing more than $4,000 in damage.

One suspect seen committing one of the thefts is described as a white male, 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, with short dark hair and a mole or similar mark on his face. The suspect was driving a late-model, four-door, dark green Honda or Acura with a low-profile spoiler. The driver's side headlight was hanging out.

Whom to contact

If you have information about this case or any felony crime, call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. You can also submit a tip online at or from your mobile phone by texting TIP217 then your message to CRIMES (274637). All tips received are secure and anonymous.

If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is a nonprofit organization of residents against crime.

Crime Stoppers case number: 1116

Department case numbers: 11S002863, 11S003436, 11S003634, and 11S003717

Lead detective: Michael Powell, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

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