Beloit Police Arrest Burglary Suspect Following Pursuit


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The Beloit Police Department and Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office collaborated in the arrest of 20 year old Justin Howard after a chase which occurred over the course of about two hours on Thursday afternoon of April 20. Howard was wanted on a Shawnee County, Kan. warrant and as a person of interest in a local burglary investigation.

Officers went to an address in the 200 block of S. Poplar Street in Beloit to serve the warrant and speak with Mr. Howard concerning vehicle burglaries committed between 2 and 3 a.m.

Howard fled from officers at approximately 12:22 p.m. by escaping from a window in the residence he was located at and escaping on foot. Following Mr. Howard’s arrest at around 2:20 p.m., several items from the burglaries were recovered including one from the residence Howard was using at the time of his initial contact with law enforcement where he fled.

The Beloit Police Department expressed it’s appreciation to KD Country 94 for the immediate release of Mr. Howard’s description and the community’s help during the chase. They also encourage members of the community to continue locking vehicles, residences and out-buildings to secure valuables. They also encourage residents to continue to be vigilant in looking for suspicious activity.

In a press release earlier today, Beloit Chief of Police Dave Elam said, “Police cannot be everywhere all the time, the community has the ability to be the extra eyes and great resource for police. With the community’s help, the Beloit PD can keep Beloit safe. The community’s support and cooperation is greatly appreciated by all the officers of the Beloit Police Department.”

According to an authorized source with the City of Beloit, police were seeking another person of interest in the burglaries, but it is unknown at this time whether or not that individual has been located.

If you have any information about this case or other suspicious activity, contact the Beloit Police Department at 738-2203.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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