UPDATE: Friday, November, 2, 2012
Wichita Police say they have arrested a 29-year-old man they suspect was involved in all or most of the recent burglaries reported in west Wichita neighborhoods.
Police tell KAKE News a homeowner saw a man breaking into a shed in the back yard of his home in the 200 block of South Edwards about 5:30 a.m. Friday. The homeowner confronted the homeowner, police say, and the homeowner's dog bit the suspect as he ran from the yard.
The homeowner saw the suspect in the neighborhood again a couple of hours later, according to police. That man began chasing the suspect and called police. Officers followed a blood trail to a home in the 2900 block of West Burton.
The man came out of the house a few hours later, saw police and began running. Officers chased him to a yard in the 100 block of South St. Paul, where he was arrested.
Police say 29-year-old Jessie Vann was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.
According to Kansas Department of Corrections records, Vann has been on the run since January, when he was sentenced for several crimes, including drug possession, fleeing law enforcement, theft and criminal damage to property.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Police are seeing a trend in recent burglaries affecting parts of west Wichita.
According to Wichita Police, there has been approximately 30 home burglaries in two months that are possibly connected.
The suspect or suspects are breaking into homes between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. in most cases, and targeting jewelry, cash and video game systems.
More officers are being assigned to the affected areas, visible in the map to the right.
Officers are also asking residents to be on the look out for any unusual activity in their neighborhoods.
KAKE's Deb Farris is looking into the crimes and will have more on this story in later KAKE newscasts.