During the early morning hours of July 3rd Hodgeman County Sheriff’s Officers arrested four suspects involved in an attempted burglary to Reno’s Pharmacy in the 500 block of Main Street in Jetmore.
Sheriff Ron Ridley reports that attentive citizens brought suspicious activity to the attention of Deputy Jeff Channell who happened to be patrolling in the area. “Two local citizens brought information to Deputy Channell describing suspicious activity in the vicinity of the pharmacy involving individuals dressed in dark clothing.”
The citizens also described to the officer a vehicle that might be connected to the two subjects. Deputy Channell had observed the vehicle in the area a few minutes before the report and then observed the vehicle run through a stop sign. Deputy Channell conducted a traffic stop and immediately called for assistance; during the contact it was determined that the vehicle belonged to a person of interest into the investigation of multiple pharmacy burglaries and that an occupant of the vehicle was another person of interest.
The driver of the vehicle, Vincent Herrara, was immediately arrested for Driving While Suspended. The passenger, Terry Isenbart, was arrested on a Probation Violation. A call to the Sheriff’s Office from a resident in the 700 block of Main Street identified that a third suspect was between the houses in the 700 block of Main. After a brief foot pursuit, Tyler Shumway, was taken into custody by Deputy John Whistler, as well. Information developed by the Sheriff’s Office at the scene linked these subjects to an attempted burglary at the pharmacy and identified a fourth suspect who was believed to be in Jetmore. Dane McKitrick was later arrested in the 800 block of West Bramley in connection with the case.
As the case developed, the Sheriff’s Office was teaming with investigators from Gray, Clark, Ford, and Pawnee County along with Agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation throughout the day on Tuesday. By Thursday evening the Hodgeman County Sheriff’s Office had executed 8 search warrants in connection with the case with the assistance of the other partner agencies. Locations searched included a motel room in Dodge City, three residences in Ford County, and multiple vehicles. Additional evidence linking the suspects to the burglaries was recovered at these locations along with stolen property.
“We had been working for some time with other jurisdictions in Southwest Kansas who had also experienced pharmacy burglaries and these arrests linked the individuals to burglaries in Hodgeman, Gray, Ford, Clark, Edwards and Pawnee counties.” Sheriff Ridley advised. “All of these Sheriff’s Offices and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation became involved in the investigation early on and we were able to definitively link the suspects to 11 pharmacy burglaries or attempted burglaries, and we suspect that as the investigation continues to unfold we may be able to clear several other pharmacy burglaries in Southwest Kansas as well. We have also linked the suspects to two separate storage facility burglaries in Jetmore, with multiple victims at each location; and the burglary of a restaurant, a convenience store and a United States Post Office in Ford County”.
Ridley credits the success of the investigation on the attentive citizens who contacted deputies, the cooperation of all the agencies that partnered with the Sheriff’s Office, stellar police work by all involved and the dogged determination of his deputies. “This was a team effort involving everyone at the Sheriff’s Office and it paid huge dividends for so many jurisdictions.” Ridley commented.
Terry L. Isenbart, 30, of Dodge City, Dane A. McKitrick, 30 of Dodge City, Tyler G. Shumway, 22, Dodge City, and Vincent A. Herrera, 24, also of Dodge City are all in custody on charges of Attempted Burglary, Burglary, and Conspiracy to Commit Burglary. Charges are currently pending in the other involved jurisdictions.