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Archive for Tuesday, November 17, 1998

POLICE ARREST BURGLARY SUSPECT

November 17, 1998

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Charges were filed Monday against the second of two men who allegedly broke into the house of a sleeping Douglas County Sheriff's deputy.

Preston Patterson, 21, remained in the Douglas County Jail on $25,000 bond. He was arrested for aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, theft, conspiracy to commit theft and criminal damage to property.

Police arrested Patterson Friday afternoon, based on information Shane J. White, 20, gave them. Using a license tag number provided by a witness to the Nov. 4 burglary, police tracked White on Wednesday and arrested him.

White and Patterson allegedly broke a window at deputy Steve Freeman's house in far East Lawrence, taking guns, stereo equipment, a bullet proof vest.

Freeman, a 10-year veteran on the department, said some items were recovered, including the vest, but other items were damaged or haven't been found yet, including a wedding ring.

The suspects apparently didn't know anyone was home at the time, said Freeman, who's talked to detectives about the case.

"They went into the room, saw I was sleeping, and they boogied," Freeman said. " ... I sleep hard anyway."

White is also in the Douglas County Jail on a $6,000 bond on charges of aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, theft and criminal damage to property.

He is also being held on a Franklin County warrant; sheriff's officials there said they couldn't release information about the warrant. White and Patterson's preliminary hearings, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, will likely be postponed, said Douglas County Assistant Dist. Atty. Marlon Williams.

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

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