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A year-long effort to prosecute a local burglary and theft operation in
multiple counties has resulted in several people being charged, convicted and sent to prison. The joint effort to arrest these five men began with law enforcement officers from Butler, Kingman, Harvey and Sedgwick Counties a little over a year ago during a meeting of law enforcement at the Wichita Police Department north substation.
The men committed dozens of burglaries and thefts with hundreds of thousands in property losses in four counties. Most of the crimes involved stolen vehicles and metal thefts from businesses, especially on Wichita’s north side.
Earlier this month, Sedgwick County District Judge Richard Ballinger sent Richard Sipes to prison for 24 months. Sipes is set to be released from prison in May 2015. Sipes earlier served time for aggravated robbery out of Seward County.
The most significant sentence was handed down to Jack Stanley, who is scheduled to be released from prison in December 2021. Stanley has been in and out of state custody since 1994.
The others are Seth Dulaney, who will be released from prison in June 2015. He was first sent to prison on drug convictions in 1999. Stephen Effertz, who will be sentenced March 31 for multiple counts of burglary and theft. He was first sentenced to prison in 2000. And Timothy McNitt, who is scheduled to be released from prison in January 2015.
Combined, the five defendants were charged and convicted in nearly 50 counts of burglary, theft, flee and elude, and drug possession.