Wichitan Frustrated With Lack Of Help Solving Burglary

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Some Wichita residents are frustrated, saying they’re being forced to run their own police investigations.

Nate Davis has had time to replace the window on his van that was broken into. But he claims he’s doing some of the legwork police should be doing.

"It just seems like they're overwhelmed right now with other burglaries, other cases," he said.

Last Wednesday, three cars at his house were broken into.

"Did a quick inventory and discovered a couple things had been taken,” he said. “One of those things was my work bag I use at work to keep work files in."

But also in that bag was his debit card. Soon after, he discovered charges on the car at two neighborhood convenience stores, Johnson’s General Store at Seneca and McCormick and the Valero at McCormick and Meridian.

"They used it two different times about ten minutes apart," Davis said. "Used it one time at the pump for 85 dollars."

He says the Valero let him review the security video, but the cameras weren’t pointed at the pumps. However, at Johnson’s, one could clearly see a security camera right above the pumps. Davis says the folks at Johnson’s will only show the video to police and that he’s having difficulty getting police to come out and look at the video.

"They said they don't have the time to get to the convenience store and watch the tape to see who's on the tape using our card," Davis said.

Lt. Wanda Parker-Givens, who’s over auto theft and larcenies, says there’s no backlog on auto larcenies. She added that the cases are assigned to a detective, usually the next day.

Hopefully Davis will be hearing more on what he believes is a string of break-ins in his neighborhood.

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