ELLIS — An attempted burglary at an Ellis residence Monday morning prompted a search through the city and put law enforcement on alert in the area.

The Ellis Police Department said a resident reported there was a knock at her door about mid-morning Monday. She did not respond to the knock right away and a male attempted to enter the house through the back door. The man fled the house on seeing the resident.

Ellis Police and two Kansas Highway Patrol troopers were on the scene with 30 seconds of being dispatched, Ellis Police Chief Taft Yates said.

A search ensued in the community with a KHP airplane and Ellis County Sheriff’s deputies assisting. Ellis schools were briefly placed on lockdown during the search.

The suspects were not located.

“My suspicion is the would-be burglars, for whatever reason, got alerted and got spooked and took off,” Yates said.

Yates said it was believed they fled town in an unknown vehicle. They were described as a white woman with dark hair in a high ponytail or bun and an African American man with an afro carrying a black bag. Both were wearing dark clothing.

Yates said although the suspects are believed to have fled the area, residents should keep their doors locked and report suspicious activity to local authorities.