Marion police respond to multiple youth-crime calls


Marion police were called to different locations in a matter of hours early Sunday morning.

The first incident at about 2 a.m. involved three teenagers from McPherson who were burglarizing vehicles and trespassing in the 100 and 200 blocks of Elm Street.

According to Police Chief Tyler Mermis, one of the three teenagers was caught by an Officer Bryce Suffield, but the other two escaped on foot.

The investigation is continuing, but the names are being withheld because the suspects are juveniles, he said.

In the second incident, a break-in was discovered at the Ampride Store, 1225 E. Main St. at about 5:20 a.m.

Mermis said he got a call from Assistant Chief Clinton Jeffrey about the burglary and how one or more perpetrators gained entry by crashing through the front glass door with a vehicle.

“Glass was scattered from the front door on the Ampride property to Main Street,” Mermis said.

While waiting for Laura Legg, Ampride manager, Mermis said he found a piece of tail light from a vehicle next to the door and pieces of a white vehicle.

Jeffrey, he said, also saw pieces of a vehicle with a Mercedes Benz stamp on some of the parts.

When Legg arrived, Mermis said he asked to review the security camera.

At about 4:20 a.m., he said he saw a white Mercedes Benz pull up to the front doors of the Ampride.

“A few minutes later,” he said, “you could see glass lying on the concrete parking area in front of the store.”

On another screen, he said he saw a white male about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and between 175 to 190 pounds enter the store. The man had dark hair, blue jeans, dark-colored shirt and a bandana around his face.

“As I watched the video, I observed the white male go behind the counter and grab a black box,” Mermis said.

Legg told him the box was a lottery box, which she said later was missing. She then called the Kansas Lottery Commission to report the theft.

Other items she said were missing included a cash register box and some packs of cigarettes.

About 7:45 p.m., Suffield was notified by the Wichita Police Department that two suspects trying to cash in lottery tickets, which matched ticket numbers from the Marion Ampride store were arrested.

They are being held in Wichita for further questioning in connection with other criminal charges there, he said.

Total damage and stolen property from the store was $8,100.


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