Crime & Courts

Sheriff’s Office: Burglaries in southeast Sedgwick County appear to be related

The Wichita Eagle

Authorities think two recent southeast Sedgwick County burglaries are related, an official said Wednesday.

In both cases, residents were home.

The two crimes occurred in the same general area and both involved a white vehicle, sheriff’s Lt. Lin Dehning said Wednesday at the weekly briefing for media.

It’s also possible that the same suspect is involved, Dehning said.

The first burglary happened shortly after 9 a.m. Aug. 3. A resident in the 13700 block of East 63rd Street South heard a knock but ignored it, Dehning said. Shortly after that, the 44-year-old resident heard a noise and “confronted a man climbing in through a living room window,” he said.

The man left and drove west on 63rd Street in what was described as a white, late-1980s four-door Mercury. The suspect was described as a white man with a beard and mustache; he wore sunglasses, a blue ball cap, blue T-shirt and blue jeans.

Dehning gave this account of the second break-in:

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6, residents in the 13500 block of East 41st Street South heard a knock but didn’t answer. Soon after, a man knocked on another door, asked if anyone was home and stepped inside. In the kitchen, a man and woman confronted the intruder. The burglar put his head down, hiding his face, turned around and left.

The suspect was described as a white man wearing a hat and leather motorcycle-style vest and driving a white, midsize, American-made SUV.

Anyone with information about the burglaries can call sheriff’s investigators at 316-660-5300; or tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers, 316-267-2111, and remain anonymous, Dehning said.

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