Kechi Woman Trusts Intuition, Unknowingly Helps Police Bust Emporia Burglars

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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A Kechi woman may have unknowingly solved a string of Emporia burglaries by trusting her gut feeling.

On Friday, January 4, an unfamiliar car with a man and woman inside showed up in Karen Osborn's secluded Kechi neighborhood on Sunnydale Lakes Circle.

Karen's husband, Steve, passed the car as he got home from work. He stopped to see if the man and woman inside needed help.

"He said they said their car wouldn't start and that it was overheated," Karen Osborn said.

That story seemed reasonable enough to Steve. But almost everything that happened afterward didn't add up.

"He felt the radiator and the radiator wasn't hot," Karen said.

The couple also made an odd request.

"They said, 'If we need to can we come up to your house if we need any more help?'" Karen said.

They also had told Steve a strange story of how they got to the Osborn's secluded street.

"They said there were from Emporia or Hutchinson and they were on their way back to Topeka," Karen said.

Steve relayed all this information to Karen once he got inside the house.

It didn't sit well with her.

"Because of the strange car and I said to him, 'The three things they told you, none of those make sense, honey,'" Karen said.

Karen says her husband still wasn't sure, but she was insistent on what they should do next.

"I said, 'We better call 911,'" Karen said.

A few minutes later, Kechi Police Officer Jessie Clifton responded.

"The police car came, then another police car came, then another police car came," Karen said.

Clifton had spoken with the man and woman and had similarly found them to be suspicious. The other police cars were showing up because she called for backup.

Park City Police and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department came in to assist.

"We got a little bit more worried," Karen said.

They had reason to be.

Police say they found drug paraphernalia in the car. They also found multiple checkbooks and ID's which they later linked to numerous burglaries in the Emporia area.

The man and woman are now in custody in Emporia.

Karen says it's proved to her husband she has a reason to trust her intuition.

"We've been together 25 years so yea, finally he thinks, 'She does have a head on her shoulders!'" Karen said.

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