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Good work on making property crimes a priority

Robert Short, right, and Mark Chotimongkol of the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office
Robert Short, right, and Mark Chotimongkol of the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office Wichita Eagle

Kudos to Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett and his staff for listening to the concerns of citizens and making property crimes a higher priority. In the past, these crimes – such as contractors not completing work they were paid to do – tended to fall toward the bottom of the work pile. But as Bennett realized, property crimes upset the lives of more people than higher-profile homicides. Bennett created a team of prosecutors, headed by chief attorney Robert Short, to focus on these crimes. As a result, prosecutions are up, and victims are receiving more money in restitution. Keep up the good work.

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