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Three Men Arrested Following Alleged Burglary, Chase North of Bunker Hill

Russell County SheriffThree men were arrested and taken to the Russell County Jail following an alleged burglary and chase north of Bunker Hill on Tuesday, July 28.

According to a release from Russell County Sheriff Fred Whitman, at 11:30 PM, deputies were called to 19100 Decker Road in reference to a burglary in progress. When the first deputy arrived, he witnessed a black Chevy pickup leaving the area. The deputy attempted to contact the occupants in the pickup, who then fled into a large pasture. Additional Russell County deputies and a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper responded to the area to search for the pickup. The pickup was found crashed in a ravine northwest of the residence. No one was found in or around the vehicle.

Shortly after 8 AM on Wednesday, July 29, a Russell County Sheriff deputy and Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers were searching the area and located three individuals. Officers attempted to contact and question them in reference to the burglary. Two of the three men were taken into custody. A third man ran through the Saline River and into open country.

Richard Hogan of Russell and John Wayne King of Great Bend were charged with burglary, theft and interference with a law enforcement officer.

The third suspect, Curtis Klein of Gorham, was apprehended on Thursday morning and also charged with burglary, theft and interference with a law enforcement officer.

The Russell County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers, K9 Troopers, and KHP aircraft, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, Army Corp of Engineers, and Russell County Emergency Management with their help in the identification and apprehension of the suspects.

(Information courtesy of Russell County Sheriff Fred Whitman.)

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