Wichita automotive service station broken into for 8th time

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Police are looking for a suspect after a break-in at the Mieneki and EconoLube service stations in northeast Wichita that occurred early Saturday morning.

The businesses are located near the K-96 and Woodlawn exit. Police suspect an oil filter was used to break the windows at both businesses, allowing the suspect to enter each.

There were no items taken from either store, just damage to the windows.

Steve Blasdel is one of the co-owners of the two stores, he said this was eighth time in three years that the buildings were broken into.

After the first break-in, Blasdel made sure that his building was secure - security cameras, locked doors and no money left in the cash register at night - but he continues to be broken into.

He has video evidence of the suspect and says it looks very similar to the man from the other seven break-ins. "We think we know who is doing this, he just got out of parole or probation," he said, "last time that happened he was here within a week."

Blasdel says the same person broke into his business seven times already and is certain that the man caught for the previous break-ins is the suspect again.

Owners estimate over $500 in damage from the break in Saturday morning and a total of $3,000 in damage from all eight break-ins.

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