Series Of Crimes Reported In Industrial Area

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police are investigating a string of crimes at businesses located in an industrial area near the Manhattan Regional Airport.

Sometime between 8 PM on July 24th and 7 AM on July 25th, officials say a suspect or suspects stole a $40,000 Ford F550 dump truck from Tri City Fence Company on Murray Road by breaking into a fenced in area at the business.

An employee with the company reported the theft to police and the dump truck was later located through a GPS system and recovered.

Inside the dump truck, police say they found several stolen items from another vehicle that had been burglarized in the area. More than $1200 worth of items was taken from a car parked at Briggs Auto Direct on Skyway Drive, including a stereo, speakers, an amplifier, iPod and even a garage door opener.

Officials say around the same time frame, $11,000 worth of equipment was also taken from IES Industrial in the 1600 block of Recreation Drive, including six ground copper wire spools, an electric generator and a drill motor. Several other items were also damaged.

The incidents are believed to be related. No arrests have been made. The cases remain under investigation.

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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