Arrest made in recent spurt of rural burglaries

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By Shane Farley
April 19, 2013 - 9:33:26 am

Authorities have made an arrest in a number of rural burglaries that have plagued northern Cowley County in recent weeks.

Gerald L. Smith, a 63-year-old Wichita man, was arrested in Sedgwick County and transported to the Cowley County Jail Wednesday. He is being held on $65,000 bond.

A warrant has been issued charging him with residential burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. He has since been formally charged with two additional counts of residential burglary.

Smith is facing similar charges in other jurisdictions, Cowley County Sheriff Don Read said.

The Cowley County cases remain under investigation pending analysis of physical evidence by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and other information as it develops.

Additional charges could be filed and additional arrests are possible.

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