MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police say a 911 call from an observant citizen led to the arrest of three men in Manhattan who burglarized several cars. Investigators are now working to see if the suspects could be responsible for a string of car break-ins in the city.
At 1:30 AM on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012, the Riley County Police Department received a 911 call from a resident in the Winston Place Apartments, located in northwest Manhattan off of Kimball Avenue. The caller noticed several people looking into vehicles in the parking lot. Officials say this is the same area where a number of car break-ins have been reported in the past two weeks. A number of the crimes occurred on nearby James Avenue and Gary Avenue.
With the caller on the phone updating dispatchers on the whereabouts of the suspicious individuals, officers responded to the scene and stopped a car with three men inside. Kyle says all three men were arrested and a “significant amount of stolen property” was seized.
Ethan Wilson, 17, from Manhattan, was detained and charged with three counts of vehicle burglary and curfew violation. Per procedure for juveniles, he was released to his parents.
Tanner Humphreys, 19, and Khiry Graham, 21, both from Colorado Springs, Colorado, were arrested and charged with three counts of vehicle burglary and one count of contributing to a child’s misconduct, pertaining to Wilson’s involvement.
Based on the amount of property recovered, Riley County Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Josh Kyle believes there are other victims that have not yet come forward. The department is asking any resident who believes their car was recently broken into to call them at 785-537-2112.
Lieutenant Kyle said during a media briefing Wednesday morning that at this point, there is “nothing conclusive” to link the three men to the other vehicle break-ins in Manhattan but the cases are all still under investigation.