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Burglaries plaguing Barton County
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Theft, prowlers reported in Great Bend

The Great Bend Police Department received multiple complaints of burglaries and prowlers on Tuesday and early Wednesday.
A burglary at 1411 Harding St. was reported Tuesday. Someone entered the residence and took electronics. Loss was $1,100.
Police were called to check the 1600 block of Adams St. at 8:37 p.m. Tuesday after subjects were reportedly seen looking in the windows of a vacant residence. Police were also summoned to the 500 block of Odell St. at 10:48 p.m. after a male was seen possibly trying to break into a garage, and at 7:37 a.m. Wednesday a male was seen in a back yard in the 1800 block of Lincoln St.
A vehicular burglary at 2405 18th St. was reported Wednesday morning. Someone broke a window in a truck and took stereo equipment.
Theft of a grill from the yard at 1102 Morphy St. was also reported Wednesday morning.

PAWNEE ROCK -- The Barton County Sheriff’s Office was summoned to the 400 block of Pawnee Ave. at 10 p.m. Tuesday, when someone reported hearing sounds coming from an abandoned residence and saw a “blue-type truck” at the residence. Deputies checked the residence but found no signs of entry. This was the same block where a burglary of another unoccupied residence was reported on Monday.
Undersheriff Larry Holliday said the investigation is continuing into the burglary at 417 Pawnee Ave. A vacant home that had been fully remodeled in recent years was stripped of kitchen and bathroom fixtures and other property, with an estimated loss in excess of $15,000.
Holliday said the BSCO has seen an increase in burglaries in Pawnee Rock over the last three months. He and Sheriff Armstrong attended a recent Pawnee Rock City Council meeting where they addressed the issue.
“They have had quite a few incidences of burglaries down in that area,” Holliday said. The BCSO has stepped up its patrols as manpower permits. Earlier this year, deputies did catch a suspected burglar in the act. A man was arrested as he reportedly crawled out of a residence’s window with stolen property in hand.
Anyone with information about any crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend to leave an anonymous tip. The telephone number is 792-1300 or 888-305-1300 for toll-free calls outside of Great Bend.