Investigators say serial burglar is now behind bars

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Harvey County, Kan. -- One arrest solves at least 10 cases in several counties. Deputies from Harvey, Butler, and Sedgwick county tell us they worked together to take down one serial burglar.

A 1959 Chevy truck has been in Ken Hall's family for years.

"We've used it quite a bit around the farm, everybody recognizes it,” Hall said.

The last time hall saw his truck was the week before Christmas.

"I went out Wednesday on my lunch hour and it was gone,” Hall said.

Just last week though, investigators say they found Hall's truck and the man who stole it. They tell us his name is Eric Decker and he's been very busy.

While Harvey County was working Hall's case and other burglaries Butler County called with information on a guy who's been stealing there. Investigator Shawn Chapman says it didn't take to long to figure out Eric Decker had been working in both counties.

"The information sharing we were able to clear up a lot of things because they may information that I don't have and I may have information that they don't have,” Harvey County Sheriff's Investigator Shawn Chapman said.

It was another truck stolen from Butler county but spotted in Wichita that led deputies to Decker. He was arrested and so far, he's been linked to six burglaries in Harvey County, four car thefts in Butler and right now he's actually being held in Kingman county on a felony theft charge.

It was too late for Ken Hall's truck by the time deputies found it, it had sold and crushed but he says he still has something to be happy about.

"Just getting somebody like that off the streets and where they should be is good,” Hall said.

We did some digging and found out Eric Decker has a lengthy history of stealing. He has more than dozen convictions of burglary or theft out of Coffey and Sedgwick Counties and has served time in prison.


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