A 21-year-old Topeka man who authorities have linked to a burglary spree in southeast Lawrence was charged Friday with two felony counts of auto burglary.
Police said Friday that the defendant, Clinton B. Miles, may be linked to 45 vehicle break-ins that occurred late Thursday night and early Friday morning.
Lawrence police officers reported that they spotted Miles at about 4 a.m. in a neighborhood near Chaparral Park, an undeveloped park southeast of 23rd and Haskell. When police stopped him 30 minutes later, he was carrying a radar detector, a gold pocket watch and miscellaneous items.
Police talked with 47 residents Friday who said their vehicles had been burglarized. Of those, Lawrence police reported that nine of the cars had property taken from them.
Lawrence police Sgt. Mark Warren Friday afternoon said a second man may have been involved in the burglary spree.
Lawrence police had obtained a search warrant Friday and checked a local hotel room where Miles and the other man had been staying this week, Warren said. Officers searched the room for items that might have been taken during the auto burglaries and they found several items including pocket knives, a radar detector, a laptop computer, a car stereo and a firearm, Warren said.
Officers also arrested a second man, a 24-year-old Topekan, who was staying in the room, on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia at about 1:30 p.m. Friday, officials said.
The man was booked into the Douglas County Jail about 3:15 p.m. Friday, but was later released after posting $500 bond, a sheriff's officer said.
Four police reports related to the burglary spree had been filed as of this morning, and others may be filed today and next week, a police spokesman said.
Douglas County Dist. Court Judge Judge Mike Malone set Miles' bond at $3,000 and he remained in the Douglas County Jail this morning. A preliminary hearing for Miles has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.