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Valley Center police say this man may be able to help them with the recent auto thefts. He was pictured in the parking garage at Wesley Medical Center near one of the stolen vehicles.

Police seek help in auto thefts
By Chris Strunk
Last Updated: March 16, 2017

Four vehicles have been recovered. One is still missing.

None of the auto theft cases has been solved.

Valley Center police are still searching for suspects believed to be responsible for five thefts over the past month.

"I think it's either an individual or group," said Sgt. Lloyd Newman with the Valley Center Police Department. "I think they're all connected."

It's still not known how the vehicles were taken. In only one of the cases were keys left inside.

The latest theft was reported March 11. A Dodge Dakota truck was taken from a residence in the 500 block of North Colby. The vehicle was locked, the owner told police, and all the keys to the truck were accounted for. In addition, there were no signs of broken glass.

Thankfully for the owners, four of the stolen vehicles have been recovered.

One was found parked in a parking garage at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Another was recovered from a motel near Goddard.

A third vehicle was found in a tree row in Harvey County. The fourth was discovered in a motel parking lot in south Wichita.

Still missing is a Honda Civic that was stolen Feb. 22.

Newman said a man seen walking away from the vehicle found in the parking garage may be able to help police with the cases. The police department released a photograph of the man to the media and on the department's Facebook page March 15.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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