Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The Derby Police Department arrested two suspects linked to recent burglaries and criminal damage in housing areas under construction in Derby.
On March 3, Jackie C. Cook, a 20-year-old male of Derby, was arrested and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail. He was arrested on nine counts of burglary and criminal damage to property. A 17-year-old juvenile male of Derby was also arrested for nine counts of burglary and criminal damage to property. He was transported to the Sedgwick County Juvenile Intake Assessment Center.
These two suspects are linked to incidents on February 28 and March 2 in which nine homes in the Tall Tree and Spring Ridge Additions were burglarized and vandalized. The total amount of damage is estimated at $100,000.
Charges will be filed with the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office at the completion of the investigation.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Builder Margaret Langley still can't wrap her head around all the damage.
"This one was probably the least damaged of all of them," she says, pointing to a home with all but three or four windows missing. "I have to be thankful for something, I guess."
Langley runs Designer Homes TM, LLC. Several of her homes, along with those of other builders, were vandalized over the weekend. Some homes were hit a second time on Monday night.
In all, seven homes have been struck in the last 72 hours. Each one is in the new Tall Tree subdivision near 63rd and Rock Road in Derby. There are approximately a dozen homes in the entire subdivision; all under construction and nearing completion.
Around 2:00 Tuesday afternoon, police say they arrested a 17-year-old and a 20-year-old in connection with the crimes. The case was cracked based on a key piece of evidence found inside one of the homes. Both suspects could now face felony charges based on the amount of destruction left behind.
The suspects busted dozens of windows and doors. In one home, they drove a 7-foot long 2x4 through a wall. Total damages are still being calculated, but are estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars.
"It makes me sick to my stomach," Langley says. "We work so hard... and for what? Somebody must be having a good time at the expense of others."
Police say security for the subdivision is now a top priority. Officers will be stationed nearby and patrol the area more often, at least until the first homeowners arrive in May.
In the meantime, Langley has a lot to cleanup. Hardwood floors will need to be resurfaced, and all the carpet in some homes will need to be torn up and replaced to ensure absolutely no broken glass remains.