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Code Red: SNCO Sheriff warns of rise in vehicle burglaries and gun thefts

TOPEKA, Kan - The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office has seen a rise in burglaries over the past couple of months.  Here are the areas the office has pinpointed:

  • Lake Sherwood area, Montara Subdivisons, Peck Subdivisions (Croco bwewteen 29th to 37th), and up north between 35th to 62nd from NW Topeka BLVD to Brickyard Rd

Sheriff spokesman Todd Stallbaumer said most of the burglaries are occurring overnight to unlocked vehicles.  Thieves are taking garage door openers and gaining access into the garages.  In some cases, burglars are then entering the residences.

Another disturbing trend is the number of guns that are being taken from vehicles.  The majority of these guns are being stolen from unlocked vehicles. 

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in preventing these crimes by removing valuables from vehicles, locking vehicles, and removing garage door openers from vehicles.  We remind citizens to be safe witnesses, but report suspicious activity in a timely manner.  Citizens with video of suspects are asked to contact Detective Kasl at 785-251-2248.


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