Two suspects jailed in recent rash of business burglaries, thefts.
Area business owners say they’ll sleep better at night knowing two arrests were made in a recent rash of business burglaries after police found two men passed out at a local gas station with a car full of loot.
Shawnee Police Cpl. Chris Tynes and Cpl. Russell Conner responded to a call involving two individuals allegedly passed out at the gas pump at a Kickapoo and Highland Street station Sunday morning.
Upon arrival, officers discovered a car full of property and began a further inquiry. After the driver gave police consent to look at a computer, it was determined to be stolen last week from Kasterke Auto, reports show.
After that, Detective Jason Crouch interviewed both suspects and reportedly obtained confessions in several cases, Chief Russell Frantz said.
Reports indicate the Sunday investigation resulted in police solving numerous business burglary cases, including a string of recent car burglaries at C&W Muffler and Steve’s Paint and Body Shop, along with a burglary involving guitars taken from Music Unlimited.
Further information developed that both suspects also allegedly admitted breaking into a mini storage on 45th Street during the overnight hours Sunday morning.
Owners of the affected businesses are relieved to hear about the arrests and are hopeful there will be no further problems.
Holli Anthony, co-owner of Steve’s Paint and Body Shop, who said numerous customer vehicles on their lots have been burglarized in recent weeks, called the arrests “awesome.” Still, she said they plan to remain on alert with surveillance cameras in their lots.
“I hope it’s done and it’s as simple as that,” she said about the ordeal. “That will be easiest for customers”
Wes Tooman, owner of C&W Muffler, was happy to hear about a break in the case.
“I’m glad they’re caught – I can sleep a little better,” Tooman said.
Despite the string of cases reportedly being solved, Tooman also isn’t letting down his guard and will still have security measures in place, such as having designated persons checking his building and parking lot overnight.
Arrested were John F. Riddle, 35, and William Freddy Collins III, 22. Formal charges haven not been filed.
Riddle was booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Sunday on complaints of second-degree burglary, possession of burglar implements, possession of stolen property and vandalism, where he was held on a $15,000 bond.
Collins was being held on a $10,000 bond on complaints of second-degree burglary, receiving/possession of stolen property, no insurance, expired tag and driving under suspension.
Shawnee police are continuing their investigation as they work to identify all of the stolen property involved.
Once complete, the case reports will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of formal charges.
Watch for updates.