The Hays Police Department has made arrests in recent burglaries in the community, including one that occurred early Saturday morning.
Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler told The Hays Daily News that Dylon James Kersley, 23, Hays, was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of burglary, theft, criminal damage and interference with law enforcement outside Five Star Auto Repair and Towing, 1017 E. 13th.
Scheibler said a nearby resident called 911 at approximately 2:50 a.m. Saturday to report hearing noises and seeing someone entering the business through a hole in a garage door in the back of the building.
When officers arrived on the scene, they set up a perimeter around the building, Scheibler said.
“As they were on perimeter, the suspect broke out the front window, jumped out and attempted to flee. After a short foot pursuit, officers took him into custody,” he said.
Approximately $300 in cash was recovered after the arrest, Scheibler said.
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Hays State University Police Department assisted, Scheibler said.
HPD is investigating if this burglary is connected to other business burglaries in town, he said.
Police also made an arrest in the burglary this week of a house on Thunderbird Drive. Isaiah T. Simpson, 19, Hays, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and theft. Scheibler said he expects more arrests to come.
In that incident, the perpetrators entered a house through an unlocked garage door early Tuesday morning in the 2700 block of Thunderbird. They stole $120 in cash from a wallet and a box of rolled coins with a value of $367 while the family was sleeping.
Scheibler could not say if the Thunderbird burglary is connected to the string of vehicle burglaries that have occurred throughout Hays, but the investigation is continuing.
“We know they were involved in multiple burglaries,” he said.
It’s important for residents to continue to lock their doors and vehicles, and to report any suspicious activity, Scheibler said.
“In both of these cases, it was a combination of police work and police diligence, but tips from the public put this together,” he said.
NOTE: Information and quotes in the original story were attributed to the wrong Hays Police Department officer. The information and quotes came from Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler. The Hays Daily News apologizes for the error.