UPDATE: Additional charges for man arrested in string of Pratt County burglaries

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PRATT COUNTY, Kan. -- The Pratt County Sheriff's Office says a 19-year-old Pratt man arrested in connection to a string of burglaries in the county, is facing new charges.

Landon Hlavachick was arrested Friday when he was found inside of a home near Cullison after the report of a burglary. Investigators say they have linked Hlavachick to other burglaries in the county.

He is being held in the Pratt County Jail on a $35,000 bond for 1 count of aggravated burglary, 4 counts of burglary, 1 count of felony theft, 1 count of misdemeanor theft, 1 count of criminal damage, and 1 count of criminal trespass.

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The Pratt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of burglaries. One person is in custody and more arrests could follow.

Sheriff Vernon Chinn said deputies discovered a 2000 Murcury in a field north of Iuka just after 8 a.m. Thursday. While investigating, they got a call that another had been taken nearby.

Later that day, they were called to a burglary at a residence about seven miles north of Cullison. That’s about 10 miles southwest of Iuka.

Fast forward to about 2:30 Friday morning. That’s when another burglary was reported near Cullison. But this time the suspect was still in the house, Chinn said. Nineteen-year-old Landon Hlavachick of Pratt was taken into custody.

Chinn said deputies followed footprints and tire tracks from the burglary scene and found the car that had been reported stolen the day before, a 2005 Lincoln. It was found several miles northwest of Pratt.

While following additional leads, deputies discovered yet another burglary at a building northwest of Pratt.

“Sheriff’s Officers also recovered many items that were stolen while tracking the suspect on foot from one crime scene to another,” Chinn said. “The work involved a lot of backcountry tracking and following other leads.”

Hlavachick remains jailed without bond. He faces charges of aggravated burglary and criminal trespass. Additional charges and arrests could follow.

The burglaries are still being investigated.

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