Archive for Thursday, May 20, 2004

Sheriff’s department seeks help on burglaries

May 20, 2004

Leavenworth County sheriff's officers could use a little help.

Recently, rural properties have been targets of burglaries, and sheriff's Sgt. Charlie Yates is hoping county residents will alert officers if they notice suspicious cars or people.

"We've been having a vast problem in the last three weeks," Yates said.

Yates said burglars have broken into detached garages and taken power tools, including nail guns, compressors and, in one case, an entire tool chest. All the items are easily sold at pawn shops or construction sites.

The thefts have occurred between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Burglars have hit four times on Leavenworth County Road 25, between Evans Road and Kansas Highway 32, Yates said. And two more break-ins and thefts have been reported north of Basehor.

There could be more.

"What we're starting to find, in talking with people, is that there might be some other burglaries out there that people have not reported," Yates said. "Maybe they haven't discovered anything is gone."

Yates encouraged people to report all burglaries, regardless of whether anything was missing.

And he encouraged area residents to help, if they notice unusual vehicles or people on rural roads.

"I think that's the only way we're going to be able to solve it," Yates said. "If they notice anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, I would just contact 911. It would be quick and easy."

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