Thieves steal $10,000 in property in 'well-organized' burglary of east Wichita business

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Wichita police are investigating a well-organized burglary of an east side mobile home business.

The burglary happened early Friday morning around 3 a.m. at East Side Homes near Kellogg and Greenwich.

The owner of East Side Homes, Ryan Andies, says Friday's break-in was the fourth in the past year at the business, but it was unique in its own right.

"When we've been broken into before, they've always been quick in, quick out. They didn't get a whole lot. This was a lot more sophisticated. They took their time and seemed to be organized and to know what they were doing," East Side Homes salesman John Hogan said.

Police say it appears the thieves rode a four-wheeler ATV up to the business' back gate. After cutting the chain link fence, they rode in and burglarized a company truck. They then took a flatbed trailer.

They then burglarized three display mobile homes, loading up $10,000 worth of goods onto the trailer. Surveillance video shows the ATV pulling the trailer toward the back of the business.

"They couldn't get it back out the original hole so they had to cut a bigger hole," Hogan explained.

Hogan says it's likely the thieves targeted the business. They recently moved eight miles down Kellogg toward Augusta. The thieves may have thought the location near Kellogg and Greenwich was vacant.

"We have a sign that says we have relocated and our gate has been closed day and night and we assume they took advantage of that," Hogan said.

He says there is good news. The business has surveillance video and he says the police jumped on the case from the get-go.

"Within 30 minutes of the first police officer being here, the lab was here. Fingerprints, tracks, pictures, they did a great job of collecting evidence," Hogan said.

Even so, the business would still like the public's help. Owner Ryan Andies says after four break ins, he's stepping up his efforts to put a stop to it. He's offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

You can make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

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