Tween boys alert police to home burglary

Three quick-thinking 12-year-old boys helped apprehend a thief who had broken into a southwest Wichita home Monday afternoon.

Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said emergency dispatchers received a 911 call at about 4:45 p.m. Monday from the boy who lived at the house in the 10000 block of West Dora, just south of Kellogg off Maize Road. The boy, who was with two neighbor friends, said they’d heard a commotion downstairs in the house and knew his parents weren’t home.

“Obviously, they were well prepared,” Nolte said.

The boy then called his parents, who alerted a neighbor to check the house. Nolte said the neighbor found a car in the garage that didn’t belong to the owner.

Wichita police officers summoned the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, which had a dog named Rommel sniff out the house. Rommel found an intruder hiding in a closet, Nolte said. The dog bit the man but injury was minor, according to police reports.

Nolte said the burglars entered the house through a garage window, opened the garage door and pulled their car inside to try and avoid detection.

Police arrested a 24-year-old man, who indicated that he had an accomplice, Nolte said.

Nolte said any residents in the area who may have seen strangers around the house are encouraged to call 911, or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.