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Archive for Wednesday, July 29, 1998

POLICE SAY THEFTS SOLVED WITH ARREST

July 29, 1998

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Police believe they have solved two laundry vandalisms from last fall.

Police have arrested a man for a series of crimes last fall, including two vandalisms at Laundromats that left coin machines and washing machines damaged.

Alex Scott Concepcion, 20, who is listed as a transient on jail documents, was charged with four counts of misdemeanor theft (less than $500), one count of felony theft, three counts of misdemeanor criminal damage to property, one count of felony criminal damage to property, and one count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was being held on $5,000 bond Tuesday night at the Douglas County Jail. Concepcion was arrested Monday night, but police didn't have information on the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

The probable cause warrant outlining the charges was filed June 16. It wasn't immediately known how the six separate incidents, dating from Oct. 30 to Dec. 11 of last year, were linked to Concepcion.

In one of the cases, two washing machines at the Plaza East Laundry, 1910 Haskell Ave., were damaged on Thanksgiving Day. A surveillance camera showed a man and a woman entering the business, but the vandalism happened off-camera.

Damage was estimated at $3,000, and an unknown amount of coins was taken.

A week earlier, on Nov. 20, coins were stolen from a change machine at the Sunset West Shopping Center Laundromat, 3115 W. Sixth. Prosecutors charged Concepcion in that incident also.

Other charges include the theft of $600 from a Lawrence man.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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