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Deputies pursue, capture suspect after report of mid day home break-in, theft

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a Burlingame woman was arrested Tuesday following a vehicle pursuit through central Osage County that ended north of Osage City. The suspect, Kelsey N. Ritter, 28, was captured after a foot pursuit through a wooded area and the use of a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter, search dogs, and a drone.

The sheriff’s office reported a notification came in at 12:41 p.m. Oct. 10, 2023, about a suspicious person on the porch of a residence in the 700 block of East 205th Street. While deputies were enroute to the address, the homeowner advised that the suspect made entry to the unoccupied house. The suspect then proceeded to take a truck from the residence and left the scene prior to deputies’ arrival.

Deputies immediately began canvassing the area. Eventually, a deputy spotted the vehicle near West 229th and Fairlawn Road travelling westbound. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, which failed to yield, and a pursuit ensued.

The vehicle pursuit ended in a field near West 217th and Auburn Road. The suspect then fled on foot. Deputies and KHP troopers set up a perimeter. A KHP helicopter, two K-9 units, a drone, and deputies on foot searched the wooded area. The suspect was eventually located and taken into custody.

Ritter, of Burlingame, was arrested on charges connected with burglary of a dwelling, felony theft, aggravated battery on law enforcement officer, interference with law enforcement officer, flee or attempt to elude law enforcement by engaging in reckless driving, and criminal damage to property.

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