A Kansas University Police spokeswoman said this morning that an investigation initiated by a patrol officer has resulted in the recovery of more than $6,000 in property that was taken in at least seven campus burglaries.
The burglaries, which were reported in late 1992, 1994 and earlier this year, occurred primarily in Murphy Hall, according to Sgt. Rose Rozmiarek, department spokeswoman. The KU Band Department was listed as the victim in of most the Murphy Hall burglaries. Single burglaries also were reported in Haworth Hall and the Dole Human Development Center.
Rozmiarek said property believed taken in the burglaries was recovered Monday when KU police executed a search warrant at an East Lawrence residence. The recovered property, which included computer and office equipment, has a total value of $6,148.50.
She said the information needed to obtain the search warrant was developed by a uniformed officer who was investigating a recent burglary and theft reported at Murphy Hall. Details of that burglary were unavailable this morning.
During that investigation the officer, whom Rozmiarek declined to identify, reviewed earlier burglary reports and was able to identify a former KU employee as a suspect. Rozmiarek said the suspect, a 34-year-old Lawrence woman, has been interviewed by police but has not been arrested.
KU police currently are working to return the recovered property to its rightful owners and investigating the possibility that more than seven burglaries may be involved.
Reports on two of the burglaries were submitted to the Douglas County district attorney's office last week. Reports on the other five cases are expected to be submitted shortly.
Rozmiarek credited good police investigative work with solving the cases.
"The officer was just looking into cases that were reported and following up on the current cases," she said.