JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Junction City Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and arresting at least one man suspected in a recent series of aggravated burglaries that have been occurring in the city over the last month.
In all of the cases that have been reported to police so far, the suspect broke into homes across the city in the overnight hours while the residents where home and asleep in their beds. Officials say he quickly makes his way through the houses, grabbing cash and credit cards.
In several of the cases, the suspect has entered homes through unsecured doors or in one case through a "doggy door" and removed items from the home as the residents slept nearby. In other cases, an attempt has been made to enter the home while the residents slept inside but the suspect was frightened off by alarm systems activated in the homes. The suspect, in one case, attempted to pry the front door open and fled when the alarm was activated, and in
another case was frightened off by a resident who saw the man in the
backyard of their in the home in the early morning hours with a
The suspect is a male of unknown race wearing a baseball cap, a light colored shirt and pants and he is wearing gloves. He appears to have a several day growth of facial hair and has with him a flashlight. A surveillance camera mounted in one of the victim's homes captured him on surveillance in the kitchen.
Police are very concerned about the activities of this man and his method of operation of entering occupied homes in the middle of the night.
Junction City Police Chief Tim Brown says his department is investigating 6-7 break-ins involving the same burglar and in most cases, the suspect entered the homes through unlocked doors.
Citizens are urged to secure all their home's doors and windows and lock their cars. They are asked to call 911 if any suspicious activity is observed in their neighborhood. Citizens calling should give as complete a description as possible of the activity to guide police to the scene, and to remember to be a "good witness," officials said Friday in a press release. Make no attempt to apprehend the man or to alert him that's he been observed but call police as soon as possible, the press release stated.
If you have any information on the man or his identity, call Detective Sergeant Trish Giordano at 785-762-5912 or Crime Stoppers at 785-762-TIPS. You may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.