Thieves broke into a Westar Energy warehouse in the 4400 block of North Seneca and took thousands of dollars worth of copper.
The theft was discovered shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday when Westar employees noticed someone had cut a chain-link fence surrounding the property in several locations, according to Sgt. Bart Brunscheen, spokesman for the Wichita Police Department. Once inside the warehouse, the thieves used a skid loader to steal the copper. The loader was later found outside the property in an abandoned field.
Because the Wichita Police Department has had several metal thefts reported recently, Brunscheen said police are encouraging area residents to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity and to call 911 to report it.