Topeka Police Say Victims Shouldn't Chase Burglars

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Topeka police say they discourage people who are confronted by burglars from taking matters into their own hands, despite recent incidents in which local residents did just that.

During a 48-hour stretch earlier this month, two suspected burglars were arrested by police. The Topeka Capital Journal reports one of the men was brought to the ground by a victim and two neighbors, while the other eluded a pursuing victim but was nabbed by police.

Police Capt. Brian Desch says the department doesn't have a policy regarding victims who run down intruders, but he said for every story in which a burglar is caught, there are an equal number in which residents are hurt or killed.

Desch says no property is worth a victim losing his or her life.


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