Crime & Courts

Alert neighbor helps police catch burglar

An alert neighbor may have helped solve a residential burglary on Sunday, Wichita police said.

“This is a perfect example of how officers and members of the community can work together,” Wichita Police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said.

A Wichita couple came home in the 1400 block of West Second Street just after noon on Sunday to see a man running out the back of their house and carrying some of their belongings, Woodrow said.

The man and woman, ages 64 and 65, called police. Officers knocked on neighbors’ doors, Woodrow said. They talked with a neighbor who said she saw a man running down a nearby alley, carrying a bag and some other possessions in his arms.

She pointed to the house she saw him enter, Woodrow said.

Officers knocked at that door, and within minutes found the jewelry, electronic items and other personal items stolen from the victims’ house. And they found a 21-year-old man hiding in the house.

They arrested him, and booked him in the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of burglary, theft and warrant violations, Woodrow said.

Roy Wenzl: 316-268-6219, @roywenzl