DERBY — Law enforcement officers have arrested one suspect but are still looking for at least one other in connection with the theft this morning of a truck and trailer containing about $20,000 worth of construction items.
The white 2006 Chevy crew cab pickup was stolen this morning from the area of Clifton and 55th Street South, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Sergeant Wayne Ruffner said. It was pulling a 14-foot trailer carrying materials that included lumber and tools.
A short chase resulted in the arrest of one suspect, but at least one other suspect escaped. Law enforcement officers — including K-9 units and the Derby SWAT team — searched an area bounded by 47th Street South, 55th Street South, Oliver and Woodlawn.
But the search was called off as the noon hour approached because there are so many hiding spots in the targeted zone, Ruffner said. The search area is primarily rolling fields and tree lines, along with a creek that has a 25-foot drop at the banks.
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Officials were also concerned about the safety of the officers and dogs because of the heat, Ruffner said. No injuries have been reported, however.
Authorities are looking a 43-year-old white male who is about 6-feet-4 and 215 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
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