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Pair of Wichita men arrested for allegedly burglarizing Orscheln

Blackwill, McElwain accused of burglary, criminal damage to property, theft

Arkansas City Police Department logoThe Arkansas City Police Department arrested two men Jan. 7 on multiple charges after they allegedly burglarized a local farm supply store in north Ark City.

Joshua Bryant Blackwill, 30, and Christopher Lee McElwain, 26, both of Wichita, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, criminal damage to property, possession of stolen property and theft.

Both were transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in Winfield in lieu of $6,000 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. They remained in custody at the time of this release.

Officers responded Jan. 7 to an alarm call at Orscheln Farm & Home, 2715 N. Summit St. They found a cut chain that normally secures a fenced area at the retail store, but no one was found inside.

Police located a vehicle on the north side of the business, near Second Street. Inside the vehicle, they found items that are sold at Orscheln. The vehicle tag had been reported stolen from Wichita.

The suspects were located in the trees east of the vehicle, apparently hiding from the officers.

Both Blackwill and McElwain also were found to be in possession of items sold at Orscheln. They were arrested and later connected to the vehicle after a search warrant was executed on it.

A defendant’s guilt or innocence is to be determined by a court of law.