FBI isn't saying why it searched multiple Topeka homes Wednesday

FBI activity on SE Adams on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 (WIBW/Eric Ives)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) FBI agents teamed up with local and state agencies on Wednesday to conduct at least four operations throughout Topeka - but the Bureau still has not said why.

Members of the Topeka Police Dept. and Capitol Police joined federal agents at one of the locations, in the 1400 block of SW Van Buren, early Wednesday morning. Neighbors told 13 NEWS they heard an officer use a loudspeaker and then a loud boom before authorities went into the the home.

The FBI was also seen going into two more houses in the vicinity of SE 24th St. and Adams St. TPD, the Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol officers were in the area as well to assist. At one of the homes, a window had been smashed in.

Later Wednesday afternoon, FBI agents were searching a home in the 400 block of SE 33rd Terrace. Agents were seen going in and out of the house, and used a specialized SUV which was parked in front of the home.

In a statement to 13 NEWS, the FBI said it was the lead investigating agency in the investigations, but would not say anything about them other than they are part of an "on-going investigative matter."

The Bureau also would not say if they raided any other locations, "We had a presence at several locations in the Topeka area."

TPD, Shawnee County Sheriff and KHP all said they could not comment on the raids, saying they were only assisting the FBI with their investigation.