A burglar used a concrete rabbit to smash through the door of a liquor store early Friday in central Lawrence and make off with an undetermined amount of alcohol.
The burglary at Neighborhood Liquors, 1906 Mass. - formerly known as Mom & Pops - is at least the sixth forced-entry burglary or attempted burglary of a liquor store in Lawrence since late August.
Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman Kim Murphree said it was too early to say whether all the cases were related.
Mike Myers, owner of Neighborhood Liquors, said he was told by an officer that the burglary at his store was part of a pattern.
Other recent cases:
¢ Aug. 20 - Someone broke into Harper Corner Liquor Store, 2220 Harper St., around 5:20 a.m. and stole five bottles of E & J Brandy.
¢ Sept. 10 - Two incidents are reported: an attempted burglary about 4:10 a.m. at Glass House Liquor, 2301 Wakarusa Drive, and a burglary about 5 a.m. at Topless Liquor, 1805 W. Second St.
¢ Sept. 29 - A forced-entry burglary is reported at Ray's Liquor Warehouse, 1215 W. Sixth St.
¢ Sept. 30 - A forced-entry burglary occurs about 5:25 a.m. at Myers Retail Liquor, 902 W. 23rd St.
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The latest burglary was reported by a passer-by about 8:25 a.m. Friday. The thief apparently used a wastebasket inside the store to cart off an unknown amount of liquor, including bottles of premium tequila, Myers said.
An initial report listed the items stolen as worth $180, but Myers said it could be more than that.
In January, police released a surveillance video of a man caught on camera burglarizing Spirit Liquor, 600 Lawrence Ave.
A 24-year-old Lawrence man eventually was identified in the case, convicted of burglary and sentenced to probation.