Archive for Saturday, December 3, 2005

Officers search store, house for possible stolen goods

December 3, 2005


Lawrence police removed several boxes of items from a west Lawrence home Friday afternoon and searched a downtown retail shop as part of an investigation into a suspected stolen property fencing operation.

"Early indications reveal this is one of the largest, most sophisticated fencing operations we have seen in Lawrence," police Sgt. Dan Ward said.

As part of the investigation, police executed two search warrants: one at the home, 1104 Andover St., and the other at Yellow House Store, a resale shop at 1904 Mass.

"Basically, we recovered what we believe to be stolen property," said police Sgt. Tarik Khatib, while outside the home.

Khatib said police have not made any arrests in the case.

"We've talked to the business owners, and they are free to go pending further investigation," he said.

Officers will examine the items recovered and try to determine to whom they belong, Khatib said.

Lawrence Police haul away items after executing a search warrant at 1104 Andover St. Police on Friday also searched Yellow House Store, a resale shop at 1904 Mass.

Lawrence Police haul away items after executing a search warrant at 1104 Andover St. Police on Friday also searched Yellow House Store, a resale shop at 1904 Mass.

Ward said the search warrants were the result of a two-month investigation into the possible purchase of stolen property and the sale of the items in Lawrence and on the Internet.

The Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Postal Inspector's Office and Target Corp. have helped police during the investigation, officials said.

Khatib said the Yellow House Store owners live at the house that was searched. At 4:30 p.m. Friday, a closed sign was on the store's door. Efforts to contact the owners were unsuccessful. Repeated phone calls to the store Friday resulted in a busy signal.

More than 10 officers pulled up and began to search the house. They loaded most of the boxes into an unmarked white van. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the IRS and the postal inspector's office also assisted with Friday's search, Khatib said.

Khatib said that the house probably would not be returned to the owners Friday as officers continued their investigation.

County records show the owner of record for the house is Guy M. Neighbors. It wasn't immediately clear if he was a resident of the home.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like Yellow House will be removed long before the porn store is.

monkeywrench1969 12 years, 4 months ago

Yellow house looks more shady than the porn store and so do the people who go into the Yellow House.

I always saw cops going parked in from the YEllow House carting someting away in the trunk of the patrol car.

cms 12 years, 4 months ago

I have known the Yellow House family for many, many years and would be very surprised if criminal activity is knowingly taking place. They are nice, very nice, people who have helped alot of customers that don't have alot of money.

redfred 12 years, 4 months ago

ditto to marion and macon47. I'm suprised it took the cops this long.

Ragingbear 12 years, 4 months ago

When I was homeless, I found out something about Yellow House. It was THE place to get drug money. You could steal just about anything and sell it at Yellow House within a few minutes of stealing it. No questions asked, no report filed with the police. None of that silly legal stuff that pawn shops are required to go by. That is why, if you had something, like a stereo or bike stolen, then you needed to check Yellow house within the next 12-24 hours, because it would probably end up there.

Yellow house is part of the there drug/crime problem in Lawrence, close it down.

oxandale 12 years, 4 months ago

Wow.. personally i never paid much attention to the place... never ahd any desire too.. the place kinda gave em the creeps

costello 12 years, 4 months ago

Ok. I have to confess that I'm totally take by surprise. No sarcasm. I bought a used washer/dryer from them years ago. I was very happy with them, the machine, and the service.

The husband delivered it to my house. He said he'd had to take on the delivery job, because so many people had called the store to complain about the driving of the previous delivery guy!

He also told me how his wife had started the business: buying broken washers and dryers, fixing them in their garage, and then selling them.

Steve Jacob 12 years, 4 months ago

I will guess that everyone who has ever sold stolen stuff to yellow house better leave town NOW. The more people named, the less time they get. To be fair, they have been in business along time, next to the old putt-putt in the '80's. And they did buy my washer/dryer (and picked it up) years ago, seems to be a nice guy.

Harry_Manback 12 years, 4 months ago

My boyfriend had a lot of his property stolen and sold to pawn shops, but they wouldn't reveal if they had it or not. Apparently the police are supposed to do that when they file their stuff, but the fact is that a lot of pawn shops are so shady.

My friend's mom had to pay to get her engagement ring back from a pawn after it was stolen. It even had her initials engraved inside, but they wouldn't release it to her until she paid.

yellowhouse 12 years ago

The yellow house doesn't buy stolen goods! We work hard to run an honest business. If someone wants to give me a badge and gun, I can start investigating the people that bring in their goods to sell me! We have been in business over 20 years, Our reputation is important to us! The officer in the red shirt is carrying my 16 year old sons stereo and cd collection from his wrecked truck, the boxes that are stacked up are just some shoes I bought off a guy that got them from a shoe store that went bankrupt 10 years ago. he is selling the shoes for a dollar a pair and last I heard there are still about 75 cases left to sell. No crime here!

yellowhouse 11 years, 11 months ago

The vacuum store was broke into and the vacuums were sold to our Topeka store. We returned the vacuums at a huge financial loss, including one that wasnt even on the list. (because it was the right thing to do,) The owners of the vacuum store were total jerks and acted as if we were the ones that stole them, Never thanked us for helping them get their property back! Total unapreciative JERKS!

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