A business check by Parsons police early Wednesday led to the arrest of a burglary suspect and the recovery of suspected stolen property.

Early Wednesday, Parsons Police Sgt. Brice Dickens was checking local storage units when he saw a vehicle leaving Townsman Self-Storage at 1830 S. U.S. 59. Dickens stopped the vehicle for expired tags and found the driver, Christopher H. Hilton, 36, 1632 Gabriel, did not have a valid driver’s license. During the traffic stop, Cpl. Keenan Roberts located a storage unit that had been burglarized. A search of Hilton’s vehicle turned up various items of property.

Police arrested Hilton on suspicion of burglary. Police took Hilton and the property found in his vehicle to the police station. The storage unit’s owner identified the collected items, which were returned to their owners.

Hilton is charged in Labette County District Court with non-residential burglary, a lower-level felony, and a number of misdemeanors, including theft, criminal damage, driving without a license, driving without proof of liability insurance and driving with an expired tag.

“This is the result of a hard-working officer making all the right decisions,” Police Chief Robert Spinks said. “This case was solved by making a traffic stop that some citizens don’t like. I would like to thank this criminal in particular for proving a point for the police department: High level crimes can be solved through traffic enforcement. I applaud Sgt. Dickens and his dedication to duty.”

This continues to be an ongoing investigation and citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060, its tip line at 421-7057 or email tips@parsonspd.com.

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