Lawrence police early today arrested a 21-year-old Topeka man who a police spokesman said may have been involved with as many as 40 auto burglaries overnight in southeast Lawrence.
Police Sgt. Mark Warren said officers arrested the man about 4:30 a.m. as he was walking near 23rd Street and Learnard Avenue. Warren said police have linked the man to seven auto burglaries that occurred overnight near Chaparral Park, an undeveloped park southeast of 23rd and Haskell.
Warren said police saw the man about 4 a.m. and began watching him. When police stopped the man about 30 minutes later, he was carrying a radar detector, a gold pocket watch, money and miscellaneous items. The owners of the items reported them stolen today.
Warren said the man has been staying at a local motel this week, and police were trying to obtain a search warrant this morning to check the room for items that may have been taken from cars.
Police went to the room today and detained another man who had been staying in the room.
The suspect's bond was set at $9,000. A first appearance for the man is scheduled for 4 p.m. today in Douglas County District Court.
Warren said 47 auto burglaries from overnight have been reported to police from residents near Chaparral Park.