Reward offered after arson in Wamego

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A restaurant owner is ready to see whoever set fire to his Wamego business sent to jail and he’ll write the check to prove it.

Tradewinds, a popular spot in Wamego for 50 years went up in flames just before dawn on May 26th.
Investigators believed it was arson.  Detectives say Doug Long, one of the owners, has offered $2,500 for the tip that leads to an arrest and conviction.

“Sometimes things take time,” said Wamego P.D. Assistant Chief of Police Paul Schliffke.  “We’re gonna keep at it until we find out who did it, and make sure the prosecutor has the opportunity to give them their day in court.”

Schliffke said a fire that deliberately targets someone’s source of income and pride is jarring to some of the town’s residents.  “This is someone’s livelihood, and for someone to commit a crime like this and totally destroy it- I think it’s troubling anywhere, is it especially troubling in a community like Wamego where people like to think they can trust each other? Sure. ”

Schliffke says anyone with information about what happened at Tradewinds Restaurant and Lounge on May 26, is asked to call the Wamego Police Department: (785) 456-9553.


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