Crime & Courts

2 men arrested may be linked to break-in

Wichita police are looking into whether two burglary suspects arrested following a chase that ended in Eastborough on Tuesday morning are also linked to a Sunday night break-in.

An alarm at Burlington Coat Factory at Eastgate Plaza went off at 7:34 a.m. Tuesday, Lt. Doug Nolte said. When officers arrived at the store in the 8200 block of East Kellogg they saw a man carrying clothes out of the store and tossing them into the back of a white Chevy pickup backed up to the rear of the store.

A second man was behind the wheel of the pickup, and they drove off with officers in pursuit.

The chase continued onto Douglas and into Eastborough. Officers laid down stop sticks, and the driver of the pickup lost control when he swerved around them.

The pickup jumped the curb and went through the front yard of a residence, coming to rest against the house. The two men were arrested and clothing was recovered, Nolte said.

The pursuit lasted perhaps 10 minutes, Nolte said, but never involved high speeds.

Because similar tactics were used during a Sunday night burglary of Hephner TV and Appliances at 737 S. Washington, Nolte said, investigators are looking into whether the cases are connected.

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