Between March 14, 2011 and April 7, 2011 copper wire thieves struck the north part of Sedgwick County 4 times. The thieves damaged multiple utility and communication lines, stripping them of the copper wire. In one instance a chainsaw was used to cut down the utility poles prior to stripping them. The thefts took place in the areas of K-96 and 151st St. West, on 77th St. North between Greenwich and 127th St. East, and on 61st St. North in the east 2900 and 3800 blocks. The suspect (s) made off with over 2200 feet of copper wire valued at over $8000.00 and causing over $4000.00 in damage.

 A suspect was witnessed committing one of the thefts and is described as a white male, 5’10, 160 pounds, short dark hair and a mole or similar mark on their face. The suspect was driving a late model, four door, dark green Honda or Acura with a low profile spoiler. The driver’s side headlight was hanging out.

 If you have information about this theft or any felony crime, call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111. You can also submit a tip online at or from your mobile phone by texting TIP217 then your message to CRIMES (274637). All ways are secure and anonymous.  If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1000.00 and Crime Stoppers will never ask your name.  Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime.

 Sgt. Scott Plummer
Wichita/Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers

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