Police question suspected shoplifter

A Lawrence man is suspected of going on a massive shoplifting spree at a local store that involved the theft of everything from soup bowls to cufflinks.

Police were called to Target, 3201 Iowa, shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday to respond to a report that the 22-year-old man was trying to leave the store with a cart full of stolen items.

Officers recovered items at the scene, including two basketballs, two soccer balls, a dust pan and broom, a tennis racquet, a grater, a set of dinner plates, a set of soup bowls and 16 plastic drinking glasses.

Officers interviewed the man and are now investigating at least 10 related incidents.

So far, they have recovered other items believed stolen from Target including a set of kitchen knives, a spice rack, cufflinks and men’s sportcoats, curtain panels, bath towels, silk ties, silk sports shorts, Armor All tire foam, workout gloves, tube socks, a package of mints, a rug, air fresheners and a jump rope.

The man had not been arrested as of Thursday, but police likely will send a report to Dist. Atty. Charles Branson’s office for possible charges.