Police Investigate Two Home Burglaries In NE Wichita

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wichita Police report that two homes were burglarized in the 3000 block of N. Rushwood Ct on Wednesday during the morning hours.

The homes were vacant at the time of the crimes. Police say the two burglaries appear to be similar because of the close proximity of the homes and the method used to gain entry into the homes.

"Both cases, an unknown person entered the residence by going into the garage, and then forcing open the door that goes from the house to the garage," said Lt. Joe Schroeder, Wichita Police.

Justin Akin lives in the same cul-de-sac as the two homes burglarized. He was inside his home at the time of the incidents and heard about the crimes when his neighbors approached him.

"They were horrified, as anybody would be if somebody intruded into your home and ransacked the place. They overturned everything, so nothing in the house looked like their home," said Akin.

Police said the burglar found an unlocked door to the garage of one of the homes. That garage did not have a door to the inside of the home, therefore the burglar created one.

"They actually found an ax in the garage and busted down one of the drywalls," said Akin.

Once inside, the burglar took cash, jewelry, and small electronics from both the homes. The estimated loss is more than $600 from each home.

Police are reminding residents to lock all doors, leave garage doors down, and report any suspicious activity or individuals in the neighborhood.

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