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Archive for Thursday, May 7, 1998

VANDAL LEAVES MASS. STMESSES

May 7, 1998

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A Lawrence man told police he was ``ornery'' after being arrested in a stolen truck and suspected of a downtown vandalism spree.

Police are linking a suspect arrested Tuesday morning in a stolen pickup to a series of vandalism acts along Massachusetts Street earlier in the day.

Scott Lynn Teagarden, 20, was released Wednesday afternoon from the Douglas County Jail. He was arrested Tuesday on two counts of theft, two counts of criminal damage to property, criminal trespassing and aggravated burglary.

When arrested, Teagarden gave police his brother's name, but obstruction charges had not been filed by Wednesday night.

Teagarden was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. May 21.

Lawrence police officer Tom Moore said police were called to the west alley of the 900 block of Massachusetts Street at 3:09 a.m. Tuesday, where a metal trash bin was on fire. Less than an hour later, some bushes in the same alley in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street were on fire.

While investigating the fire, police talked to a resident of an apartment in the 900 block of Massachusetts, where a plant, pottery and a pot were stolen from a patio and smashed in the street.

Just north of the alley apartment, police found a concrete block imbedded in the windshield of a Dodge van belonging to Hanna's Appliance and TV, 933 Mass. The damage to the truck was $2,000.

A window and table at Sarah's Fabrics, 925 Mass., were vandalized, with damage estimated at $600.

A resident in the 900 block of Avalon called police at 5:22 a.m. Tuesday to report a prowler. When police arrived, the caller said a man had stolen his 1978 Ford pickup truck. Police arrested Teagarden in the area.

Moore said Teagarden said he had been drinking and smoking marijuana before allegedly starting the fires and breaking the windows.

Teagarden told police he just got ``ornery.''

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

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