Archive for Thursday, August 11, 2005

Arrest expected in car break-in cases

August 11, 2005

Baldwin City police are investigating a string of car break-ins that occurred overnight Monday around the city.

"Monday night, we had a number of cars broken into," said Police Chief Mike McKenna. "I've got officers out working them now."

In fact, this may be a case that is solved quickly, he said.

"We have a suspect that we're focusing on today," he said early Wednesday morning. "There are six reported vandalisms, one being a Fish and Game truck on Hillside where he tried to get the shot gun.

"We're actively pursuing this today and I would say an arrest is imminent," said McKenna. "We were very aggressive on this from the beginning Tuesday. We followed up some leads quickly and they were fruitful."

McKenna said Baldwin residents have been very helpful with providing information surrounding what they heard or saw during the spree. That was a huge help in coming up with a suspect, he said.

He doesn't know why the break-ins occurred and they weren't confined to one area of the city.

"They were scattered around town," said McKenna. "We won't have a reason or really a clear motive until this investigation is completed. It's difficult to tell what the person was after because some things were taken from some cars and not others."

He said it was too early in the investigation to have any dollar estimates for damage or theft from the vehicles involved.

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