Law enforcement has shut down a team that allegedly burglarized businesses in six area counties, according to the Barton County Sheriff’s Office.
Warrants were served Tuesday afternoon and evening at 5201 17th St. Terrance in Great Bend and at 114 First St. in Olmitz, with a number of law enforcement agencies assisting.
Officers recovered items from more than 20 business burglaries in Barton, Pawnee, Ellsworth, Rush, Hodgeman and Stafford counties. Sheriff Greg Armstrong said there were enough items seized to fill one pickup and part of another.
Also recovered was a large amount of prescription narcotics with a street value of several hundred thousand dollars.
Suspects James Pfeifer, 62, of Olmitz, and Lyndee Scott, 36, of Great Bend, were arrested pending bond for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and possession of stolen property. BCSO Detective David Paden said more charges are pending as the investigation continues.
Paden said items that business owners have identified included bottles of liquor from Ellsworth County and a touchscreen video game from a bar in Hodgeman County, along with makeup and costume jewelry from victims such as the Rejuvenation Inc. Day Spa-Salon in Ellinwood. "It was kind of their M-O to hit bar and grills, and hair salons," Paden said.
Agencies credited with the investigation include BCSO, Great Bend Police Department, Hoisington Police Department, Ellinwood Police Department, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, Rush County Sheriff’s Office, Ellsworth Sheriff’s Office, Ellsworth Police Department, Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office, Hodgeman County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Some of those agencies assisted in serving the warrants, and all of the agencies pooled resources, intelligence and manpower.