WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A lieutenant with the Wichita Police Department helped solve a number of cases Tuesday. One included stolen Christmas presents belonging to a family and another included two stolen vehicles.
The officer was on routine patrol when he found two stolen vehicles at the Ramada Inn in the 5800 block of West Kellogg around 2 a.m.
One of the stolen vehicles, a black Kia, pulled out, and the officer began to pursue the suspect. The 19-year-old suspect was stopped at 2nd and West Street by a tire deflation device and arrested.
After the arrest, officers found the stolen presents in the back of the Kia. They were tied to a home burglary that happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of Diane. Those presents were returned to the family.
As for the stolen vehicles, police said the Kia and Tahoe were taken from HD Automotive in the 1500 block of West Douglas early Tuesday morning around 4:00. Those two vehicles were later involved in a burglary call in the 3500 block of South Ida around 10:30 a.m.
Wichita police officer Charley Davidson said the 19-year-old man was tied to all of those cases plus a domestic violence situation on S. Illinois Street.
“I wouldn’t say they are all related. All incidents that occurred with that suspect or the vehicles that had been stolen,” said Davidson.
The 19-year-old man was booked for felon in possession of firearm, possession of stolen property, felony traffic charges, aggravated assault, domestic violence and burglary.
Wednesday, KSN stopped at the home that almost lost all of their Christmas gifts. When I spoke to the mother, you could see and feel how happy she was that her little boys would have a Christmas. The next stop was the source where Wichita police say, the spree of crimes started, HD Automobile repair shop.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in the 18 years that I’ve worked here,” said auto-shop owner, owner, Seign Din. “A couple times they knocked out my front windows and also the doors but not severe like this time.”
Two cars and 12 sets of keys were stolen from Din’s West Douglass auto shop, early Tuesday morning.
“I’m happy we got the cars back but I do still hope they find the sets of keys missing,” explained Din.
Wichita Police Department did return the two cars stolen, with their keys.
“I was happy to make those calls to my customers, that they go the cars back.”
This news was music to the ears of one of the car owners, who says he hadn’t gone Christmas shopping for his three sons yet.
“The same day it was stolen, Tuesday, We were actually going to go Xmas shopping that day so that didn’t happen,” explained car owner, Chan Sot.
Sot’s Kia was stolen and allegedly used to commit multiple crimes throughout the day.
“It’s really crazy actually because a lot of things happened with my car and I found out about the gifts and I was happy about that because they got what they wanted,” said Sot.
Police are still investigating the spree of crimes that are all allegedly connected to the same person. We will bring you more as the story develops.