Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The Sedgwick County Sheriff's office is warning people who live in south Sedgwick County in between Derby and Haysville to be on high alert for thieves.
There have been 17 burglaries or thefts in just the last 30 days in that area. Deputies are increasing surveillance in the area, looking for anything or anyone suspicious.
“Vehicles that appear to be driving slow. Vehicles that don't appear to be in the area,” Sedgwick County Deputy Tim Hallacy said.
We road along with Deputy Hallacy on his patrol. Within minutes he had a call for a possible burglary in process.
“We've got a neighbor that was keeping an eye on the home. He asked us to go check it out because he knew the homeowner was not at home,” Deputy Hallacy said.
It turned out the people going in and out of the home were family and were checking on the house.
Hallacy isn't phased by the false alarm.
"It doesn't put us out at all to come out to these calls. Even if you call today and you call tomorrow, we'll come down today. We'll come down tomorrow,” Deputy Hallacy.
In fact, he wants everyone in the area to continue to call 911 as soon as they see anything that might be a problem.
“Because one of these times, they're going to call us and it's going to be something. Something we wouldn't have known about otherwise and we're grateful for that because a lot of times that's how we solve things,” Deputy Hallacy said.
The sheriff's office does believe one person or a few groups of people are behind all the crimes. They have suspect in mind but say there could be more out there.