Victim gets good look at burglary suspect
By MIKE CORN
Hays police are hoping to learn the identity of a man linked to a series of vehicle burglaries during the weekend.
They've got a pretty good description, Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler said, considering one of the victims chased the man down, tackled him and recovered items stolen from his vehicle.
He also retrieved a ball cap the man was wearing, Scheibler said.
As many as 10 vehicles were burglarized Saturday night and Sunday morning, he said in the central part of Hays. Four more were reported Monday.
"They appear to be related and probably committed by the same people or the same group of people," Scheibler said.
A good description of one individual has been provided to police.
He was described as a white male in his 20s, standing about 6-feet, 2-inches tall, and weighing approximately 240 pounds.
He was wearing a black T-shirt and khaki pants. He was wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap, but that has been recovered by police after one of the vehicle owners chased down the man.
Scheibler doesn't encourage that sort of thing, urging people to instead call the police department and let officers respond.
"We were very fortunate the victim was not injured," he said.
The vehicle owner also didn't call police right away.
Police didn't learn of the incident until they were responding to other reports of vehicle burglaries and started canvassing the area to see if they could get additional information.
Scheibler said the person breaking into the cars appears to have been looking for vehicles that were unlocked, with items left in plain view.
The window on at least one vehicle, however, was broken with a rock, and while there's evidence it was rifled through, the owner didn't think anything had been taken, he said.
Scheibler said another vehicle burglary, believed to be unrelated because it was in another part of Hays, resulted in the loss of a Ruger .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol. The gun was taken from a 2005 Dodge Ram parked at University Apartments near the Fort Hays State University campus.
In the other burglaries, a number of miscellaneous items were taken, and all -- except for the vehicle that had its window broken -- from what appeared to be unlocked vehicles.
"We encourage people to lock their vehicles and not leave things out in plain sight," he said.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is being asked to call investigator Josh Perez at (785) 625-1030.