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July 12, 2018 Hesston RecordJuly 12, 2018 Hesston Record

Bump In The Night Leads To Man In Tree, Burglary Arrest

Posted 6/15/2017

Record Staff

Hesston Police are working a case involving drugs and business and residential burglaries.

According to Police Chief Doug Schroeder, police have a suspect, who police have not named, has had contact with officers numerous times in the last week.

Police first made contact with the suspect on Thursday evening when a Weaver Grocers employee working late called 911 and reported suspicious activity near the store.

Police arrived and found a man in a tree near the property. 

On Thursday night, police received a call about a prowler at Weaver Grocers at about 10:30 p.m.

“After investigation, we determined the individual needed medical assistance and the individual was transported to Newton Medical Center,” said Schroeder.

On Friday afternoon, Schroeder said police made contact with the individual again on a welfare check.

“Officers responded and the individual needed medical assistance again. He was transported by Hesston EMS to Newton Medical Center.

“During the course of the investigation, drugs, drug paraphernalia and stolen property was observed in the house,” said Schroeder.

Police contacted the Harvey County District Court to obtain a search warrant for the property.

“The search resulted in a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and approximately 95 percent of the property stolen from Hesston College,” said Schroeder.

“Here’s a case where someone heard something go bump, we checked into it and it was much bigger than even we originally thought,” said Schroeder.

According to Schroeder, the suspect is connected to a burglary on Wednesday, June 7 or early on June 8.   A Hesston College Resident Director reported the theft of several thousand dollars in equipment from Kauffman Court. 

“Most of the equipment belonged to students returning this fall semester,” said Schroeder.

In addition to the aggravated burglary at Hesston College, Schroeder said a trailer stolen from Newton was also found to be in the individual’s possession. 

The suspect is also accused of breaking into Hesston Veterinary Clinic. Animal medications from the clinic were also found in the individual’s residence. 

“The case is still under investigation. I expect, when completed, criminal charges will be prosecuted,” said Schroeder.

Schroeder said the suspect could be facing felony burglary and felony theft charges, along with drug charges. 

“I know I sound like a broken record, but if you see something, say something,” said Schroeder.



Fake Franklins In Hesston


Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder urged businesses and individuals to be vigilant when handling cash, particularly $100 bills.

“It has been reported to us that a counterfeit $100 was passed at Weaver Grocers,” he said.

Schroeder said he learned a fake bill with the same serial number was recently passed in Moundridge and in Lindsborg.

“Through investigation and surveillance, we have identified suspects and are currently looking for them. It is still under investigation,” he said.

Schroeder gave a brief description of the suspects as two caucasian females in a dark passenger car with out-of-state license plates.

Schroeder added the Secret Service has been contacted but there has been no official reply.

Schroeder urged businesses to be vigilant about any large bills coming into businesses, stating the forgery passed at the business made it to the bank before being detected. 

“Use a money pen. If it feels funny or doesn’t look right, get a second opinion,” he said.

Schroeder said if business people or checkers are suspicious or discover counterfeit currency, “record as much as possible about the person and vehicle.”