Thursday, February 7, 2013
Salina police hope they are one step closer to solving a string of business burglaries that have plagued the city since September.
Police say they arrested two people while they were in the middle of breaking into the Huseman Veterinary Clinic on Indiana Avenue in Salina. Now, they are checking to see if those same two people could be linked to more than two dozen other burglaries.
Wednesday night, Dr. Bob Huseman's animal clinic was targeted by thieves for the second time in two months.
"The police came by my house at 12:30 in the morning and knocked on the door,” Dr. Huseman said.
This time around the burglars did about $1500 in damage but they didn't actually get away with anything. In fact, they didn't get away at all.
“Caught them in the act,” Lt. Scott Siemens with the Salina Police Department said.
Police say when an officer on patrol spotted a car outside the clinic Wednesday night, he stopped to investigate. Lt. Siemens said the officer found the back door pried open and two people inside.
Since last September, there have been more than 30 business burglaries in Salina. Police think the majority of those are probably connected, so they say the recent arrests are a major break in the case.
"I don't know how many we're going to be able to clear but we're doing our investigation to see if we can link this particular burglary last night to all the others or the majority of them,” Lt. Siemens said.
Dr. Huseman says he hopes the people who broke into his clinic are behind the rest of burglaries too. He says he doesn't want to be the victim of a break-in a third time.
"Well I've always said whoever was doing this wouldn't stop until they got caught. Like I said I'm just hopeful that this is the end of it,” Dr. Huseman said.
Right now the two people police arrested face one count each of burglary, damage to property and attempted theft. Police say they could face additional charges if they're able to link them to any of the other burglaries.