Two men have been charged in dozens of burglaries around the city over the past two months, police announced Friday.
"We're hoping this ends that crime spree," Wichita police Lt. Barry Von Fange said. "We're happy to have these two guys in custody."
Jerry R. Holt, 43, has been charged with 26 counts of burglary and 21 counts of theft in connection with break-ins at a wide range of small businesses in May, June and early this month, Von Fange said.
Jason D. Nodal, 26, has been charged with 17 counts of burglary and 16 counts of theft, Von Fange said.
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Holt was arrested Monday, and Nodal the next day. Police think the two men worked in tandem on some burglaries, but not every one for which they have been charged.
The burglaries all had a similar description, Von Fange said: The perpetrator would break the glass door of a small business, then go in and steal the cash register or cash drawer.
In many of the cases, only a few dollars would be in the register, police have said, so the burglars were causing substantial damage for what turned out to be small amounts of money.
The burglars targeted a wide range of businesses: restaurants, a mattress company, flower shop, meat company, candy shop, and hair and nail salons.
Although police received numerous tips about the burglaries, Von Fange said, it was "typical police work that ended up catching these guys."
Holt's bond was set at $50,000, Von Fange said. Nodal's bond is set at $11,500.