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Deputy interrupts burglary early Monday at church outbuilding north of Topeka

A Shawnee County sheriff's deputy interrupted a burglary early Monday at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 4525 N.W. Button Road, authorities said.
A Shawnee County sheriff's deputy interrupted a burglary early Monday at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 4525 N.W. Button Road, authorities said.(Phil Anderson)
Published: Aug. 10, 2020 at 5:22 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - An alert Shawnee County sheriff’s deputy is being credited with interrupting a burglary early Monday at a church just northwest of Topeka.

Authorities said the incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. Monday at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 4525 N.W. Button Road. The location is at the southwest corner of N.W. 46th and Button Road.

A deputy who was on patrol in the vicinity noticed suspicious activity at an outbuilding at the church said Shawnee County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Todd Stallbaumer.

As the deputy arrived on the scene, he saw two individuals running from the outbuilding.

Stallbaumer said nothing was reported taken from the outbuilding during the incident.

Additional units were called to the scene to search for the two individuals, who were described only as white males wearing dark clothing.

Stallbaumer said deputies seized a vehicle that may have been driven by the people suspected in the incident.

Anyone with information may call Shawnee County Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.

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