Lawrence Police say they chased down and caught one suspected auto burglar overnight, but another one they were chasing got away.
Police have arrested a 17-year-old man they suspect has been involved in a string of auto burglaries in the last week throughout the city, according to Sgt. Dan Ward, a Lawrence Police spokesman.
An "alert citizen" called police about 2:30 a.m. after seeing two men breaking into vehicles in an area near the 2400 block of West 24th Street Terrace in south Lawrence, Ward said.
When police arrived, both suspects fled on foot, but only the 17-year-old was captured, Ward said.
The suspect is being linked to at least three auto burglaries in that immediate area overnight, Ward said, noting that there were more reports of auto burglaries coming in this morning from that area.
Ward said police are also investigating whether the suspect and his partner might also being linked to a string of other auto burglaries reported recently to police.
Those included eight auto burglaries Monday on Kansas University's "fraternity row" in the 1600 block of Tennessee Street and the 1600 block of Edgehill Road and five auto burglaries Sept. 14 on Glacier and Ranier Drives near West 26th Street and Kasold Drive.