Thursday March 8, 2012
The northeast part of Sedgwick County has seen a rash of home burglaries and the thieves are making off with expensive jewelry.
The latest victim found a broken window and missing jewelry from his home near 21st street and 143rd street east Tuesday. One neighbor reported seeing a white work van parked in front of the house during the daytime.
"Feel like you've been violated to know that somebody's been in your house when you're not here. They're not authorized to be here and they've broken into your house and taken personal items," said the victim, who did not want to be identified.
In the past three months, there have been eight burglaries in the area along 21st street from 127th to 159th street.
Deputies said burglars are looking for fast cash items that are often difficult to trace. They advise homeowners to take photos of valuable items including jewelry and electronics.
"Burglars are, just like any other criminal, opportunists," said Sgt. Wayne Ruffner, Sedgwick County Sheriff's. "Most people will think that burglaries, for the most part, take place at night. Not true. Most of the time they take place during the day when people are gone to work."
Ruffner advises neighbors to be vigilant and watchful. If you see suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood, call 911.
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Thursday March 8, 2012
The northeast part of Sedgwick County has seen a recent rash of home burglaries and the thieves are making off with expensive jewelry. In the past two months, there have been about five burglaries in the area along 21st Street from 127th to 159th street.
In one case, the thieves made off with nearly $100,000 in jewelry.
“People think their stuff is safe, they bury in a dresser drawer underneath their socks or something; they'll take that they'll dump that our right on your bed,” Deputy Preston Schroeder with Sedgwick County said.
In order to keep burglars far away from your home, Deputy Schroeder suggests making it hard for them sneak around unseen by trimming back trees and bushes from your home.
“They can hide behind these bushes, it gives them access all the time they need to try and pop open a window or a door without being seen from the street,” Deputy Schroeder said.
Law enforcement officials also say to call them as soon as you see someone suspicious in your neighborhood.
“That's something we need to know about and it's something we need to know about fast especially when stuff like this is going on,” Deputy Schroeder said.
Investigators say they are looking at a few cases in Sumner, Reno, and Butler counties that could possibly be related. They also tell us Monday, they arrested a man for two home burglaries where jewelry was stolen in southwest Sedgwick county, but say it's too soon to tell if he is connected to the other cases.