Two men arrested Wednesday might be responsible for a bunch of burglaries
Feb 09, 2013 (The Salina Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
People both inside and outside the Salina Police Department have heaped praise upon officers involved in the Wednesday arrest of two men who might be responsible for more than 30 Salina burglaries that have occurred since September.
"I think we got our two. The officers did an excellent job," said Lt. Scott Siemsen, of the Salina Police Department, Friday morning.
The officers who made the arrests were not named.
"We feel pretty confident that the people who were arrested are responsible for other burglaries," Siemsen said.
Michael Cox, 31, 607 W. Crawford, and Stephen Rowson, 33, 825 Scott, were jailed Wednesday night after being found inside Huseman Veterinary Clinic, 119 Indiana.
A Salina police officer was checking businesses in east Salina about 11:35 p.m., which is routine, when he noticed a vehicle parked behind the clinic and a door that had been forced open.
The officer called for assistance, and officers found Rowson and Cox inside the clinic.
It was the second break-in at veterinarian Bob Huseman's clinic in about two months.
A back door was forced open between Dec. 2 and 3, Huseman said, and $800 in anesthetic and medications for dogs -- including valium -- were taken, along with $500 in postage stamps. Damage was estimated at $200.
"Mainly, they broke out a door," Huseman said.
Damage to the business from the Wednesday night break-in was estimated at $1,550.
The first burglary at Huseman's office occurred on the same night that $16,000 worth of pain medications were stolen from Jim's Pharmacy, 582 S. Ohio, and a break-in at Salina Dental, 950 Elmhurst. The dental office reported no loss, but damage was estimated at $200.
Jim's Pharmacy has since closed.
Rowson and Cox have not been linked to the burglaries at the pharmacy and dental office.
"That doesn't mean we won't," Siemsen said.
Another case was a Jan. 26-27 burglary at Salina South High School in which computers and photo and video equipment were lifted.
Cox and Rowson have been tied to that burglary.
A Thursday night search of a storage unit off North Ninth Street, near Union Pacific Railroad, turned up several items. Included in the collection, Siemsen said, were musical equipment, a .44 magnum Smith & Wesson pistol and a 42-inch television. As a result, Rowson faces an additional nine counts of burglary and Cox faces seven more counts, Siemsen said.
As more items are positively identified by victims, he said it's likely that the accused will be hit with more charges.
"How frustrating for those police officers that they were not able to catch these guys," Huseman said. "I'm sure (officers) were doubly diligent going around to businesses they suspected might be targets. We're glad for their observation."
The musical equipment found in the storage unit belongs to SM Hanson Music, which was burglarized between Jan. 12 and 13.
A red Peavey electric guitar with a hard case, several special effects pedals and cables and other items, including $240 in cash, were taken from the business at 335 S. Clark. A safe from the office was forced open. Total loss and damage was estimated at more than $1,300.
"It's exciting that we have two new guests at the Saline County Jail, and I hope they're down there for a while," SM Hanson owner Steve Hanson said Friday morning.
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