Archive for Tuesday, October 20, 1998


October 20, 1998


A burglar who woke several west Lawrence residents over the weekend apparently worked up an appetite while ransacking homes.

A 21-year-old man heard someone ``rattling'' his bedroom door about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in his town home at 660 Gateway Ct. Opening the door, he saw an intruder in the house.

``He opened the door and saw a black male running down the stairs,'' said police spokesman Sgt. George Wheeler.

Before running out the front door, however, the burglar grabbed a container of cheese, tortillas and frozen burritos that he had taken from the refrigerator.

Police found a screen on a door had been damaged to gain entry to the house.

About an hour later, three female Kansas University students reported the same man rummaged through their fridge after entering the house through an unlocked front door. Their town home was on the same block.

One of the residents heard the man, and found him carrying a stereo. When confronted, he dropped the stereo and ran.

The woman reported the $350 stereo was damaged, but nothing was taken from their refrigerator, even though the unwelcome visitor had rummaged through it.

Wheeler had no explanation for the suspect's apparent appetite, but the witnesses said he appeared to be intoxicated.

The suspect was described as a 6-foot-tall black male in his 20s, weighing about 185 pounds with a thin goatee.

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