Friday, April 26, 2013
Thieves broke into a southeast Wichita home after the owner died. Wichita police say it happens all too often. Thieves find a home left empty because the owner recently passed away, and they make themselves at home.
A couple of weeks ago, Todd Clark watched three men haul off two cars from his neighbor’s house in southeast Wichita.
“Seen the people take the cars, broad daylight,” Clark said. “We assumed they were supposed to take the cars.”
What they did was steal the cars and break into the home, which was recently vacated after the elderly man died.
On April 14, police were called back to the home on South Woodlawn where a man had been found dead days earlier.
“It looks like someone broke in and stole personal items,” Wichita Police Sgt. Bart Brunscheen said.
Police say it’s not uncommon for burglars to target vacant properties, even if it means hurting family of someone who just died.
“Unfortunately, criminals will watch obits and come back and burglarize because no one's there,” Brunscheen said.
Police say if the house of one of your loved ones is empty, the first thing you need to do is talk to the neighborhood and tell them to watch for suspicious activity. Then call police; they’ll do extra patrols. Also, make sure you get everything out of the home as soon as possible.