Thieves Caught On Camera Stealing From Douglass Arcade

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Two thieves were caught on camera as they stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment from an arcade in the Butler County town of Douglass.

One thief is behind bars and detectives are trying to track down the second.

The Kansas Arcadium has been closed since a break-in on August 20, and the owner doesn't know when or if he'll be able to re-open.

“I don't even know where to go from here. It's just sickening is the best way I can put it,” Kansas Arcadium owner Ben Kersting said.

Kersting started the console arcade, which features Playstations and Xbox systems, three years ago.

He was born and raised in Douglass but currently lives in Wichita. He runs the arcade when he isn't working as a firefighter.

Last week, two men broke into the arcade by breaking through the wall of the building next door. What they didn't know is Kersting recently installed security cameras. The video caught a clear shot of the two thieves.

“I was relieved to see it wasn't someone from Douglass because that would have broke my heart,” Kersting said.

Police identified one man as Brennan Michael Cheney of El Dorado. They are still trying to identify the other man.

The two burglars stole more than $3,000 worth of Xbox systems and video games. Kersting says the loss is devastating and it's temporarily put him out of business.

“To them it was such a little smash and grab and to me it's like, 'what now?'” Kersting said.

“I'd like to open but I just can't. There's no systems in there except for the old, old stuff which isn't very popular,” Kersting said.

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