Walgreens in west Wichita burglarized

WICHITA — A Walgreens in far west Wichita was burglarized early this morning, and police say the method matches a pair of burglaries earlier this week.

Someone threw a rock through a window at the Walgreens at 13534 W. Maple, at the corner of 135th Street West, shortly before 3 a.m. and stole cigarettes and other merchandise near there, police said. Investigators are checking store video to see whether they can glean any leads to the burglar's identity.

The nature of the break-in resembles burglaries on back-to-back nights at ABC Discount Wine and Spirits Smoke Shop in the 4100 block of West 13th. Cigarettes were taken after a window was smashed with a rock, police said.

The similarities in the burglaries may just be a coincidence, Lt. Doug Nolte said, but police are monitoring suspects with a history of burglaries.