Police Investigating Unusual Home Squatting Case

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Wichita Police investigating a shots fired call early Friday discovered an unusual home squatting case.

Officers made the discovery early Friday morning in southeast Wichita. Police say three teenage boys and a man in his early 20s stole guns from a home in the 2300 block of South Crestway, which is in a neighborhood northeast of Pawnee and George Washington Boulevard. However, police say that was not their only crime.

"They were just walking down the street, shooting their guns," said Wichita Police Sgt. Bruce Watts.

That is why police were originally called to the 4400 block of East Pawnee about 2 a.m. Friday.

"Officers got into the area and heard some additional shots," Watts said. "They observed four young males running from the officers."

Police caught two of those suspects. Interviews with them led police to the house on south Crestway.

"The four individuals admitted that they broke into that residence that did not belong to them," Watts said. "They took the homeowner's firearms and went around and just started shooting the guns in the street."

Watts said that is not the only crime police suspect the foursome committed. He said the four had been staying in the house for about five days while the homeowner was away. They inflicted heavy damage, Watts said.

"They did a lot of graffiti on the walls," he said. "There are a lot of holes in the walls, They plugged up the sewer. They defecated in there. They ate all the food and threw food all around the house."

Watts said a neighbor had been given a key and asked to keep an eye on the house while the people who live there were away.

"I think maybe one of the grandkids of that person that had the key stole the key and that's how they were able to get in," he said.

All four suspects face several felony burglary and weapons charges.


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