Two people broke into vehicles and stole an AR-15, a backpack with ammunition and coats before a police chase ended in a crash in west Wichita on Monday morning, police said.
Police were called to the 7600 block of West Suncrest, near 13th and Ridge, at around midnight for a report of a theft from a vehicle, Officer Charley Davidson said.
Officers responding to the call tried to pull over a blue Chevy Malibu; the driver refused to stop, accelerated and fled from police, Davidson said.
The driver went north on Tyler and tried to turn onto West 18th at a high rate of speed when the car hit a curb, a police report said.
The driver and a passenger ran from the car, Davidson said. The passenger, a 39-year-old woman, was arrested in the 8800 block of West 18th Street on suspicion of burglary from an automobile and theft. The driver was not found.
Before police arrived, two people broke a $400 window on a Ford F-150 outside a house on Suncrest and took two coats worth $200, police reports show.
A second vehicle was broken into outside a house about five blocks away, in the 1400 block of North Northwest Parkway. A Bushmaster AR-15 rifle and backpack with ammunition were stolen, Davidson said.
The coats, rifle and backpack with ammunition were found in the car after it crashed into the curb, Davidson said.
Police did not have a description of the driver. They ask anyone with information on the case to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.
Davidson said investigators have spoken with the 39-year-old woman.
"We did speak with her," he said. "We were not able to get all the information that we needed."