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Two men arrested in connection with stolen vehicles

While following up on a stolen car investigation, Lawrence police arrested a man at the Jayhawk Motel in north Lawrence. Police say the man was wanted on a warrant from Coffey County.

June 20, 2008, 3:12 p.m. Updated June 21, 2008, 12:00 a.m.

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Arrest made at the Jayhawk Motel

Lawrence Police officers investigate a room at the Jayhawk Motel following an early morning report of a stolen car. Police found products that could be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Enlarge video

Lawrence police arrested two people in connection with two stolen vehicles and one on an out-of-county warrant Friday.

Police were called to Crown Automotive, 3400 Iowa, at 10:45 a.m. Friday regarding a stolen red Chevrolet pickup truck.

Dale Backs, general manager of Crown Automotive, said salesmen were rearranging vehicles in the lot when the crime occurred. A new Chevrolet worth $30,000 was unlocked with keys in the ignition, Backs said.

"They come running across the parking lot jumped in and drove off," Backs said. "You don't think things like that would happen in Lawrence but they do."

Officers located the truck near a business in the 2400 block of Iowa. A Lawrence police officer observed one of the suspects in a separate truck parked near the scene. The officer attempted to talk to the individual but the two men in the truck drove around to the back of the building and then fled on foot.

Kansas University public safety officers arrested one suspect, a 23-year-old Topeka man, near Clinton Place Apartments. Lawrence police officers discovered the second truck abandoned behind the business in the 2400 block of Iowa was stolen from Wabaunsee County.

After about an hour of investigation, Lawrence police located the second suspect, a 33-year-old Lawrence transient, at a residence in the 2400 block of Melrose.

Following up on that investigation, Lawrence police arrested a 42-year-old Topeka man wanted on a warrant from Coffey County at the Jayhawk Motel, 1004 N. Third St. Police said they found materials used to make drugs at the scene. Those items included a syringe, tubing, pliers, propane and a bleach bottle. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Lawrence Police Department with this ongoing investigation.

Police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said further details wouldn't be available until Monday.

Comments

imaLttlGrl 6 years, 6 months ago

I saw all this go down on my way home from classes. The guy ran right out in front of my car followed by another person (regular citizen I'm assuming, was wearing a blue KU shirt) who tackled him to the ground and held him there until the cop who was following both of them caught up and cuffed him. Then they spent a while searching the area for another person. Was pretty intense/ exciting. Oh the things that amuse us in Lawrence.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

wow,littlegirl, kudos to the t-shirt guy who helped! that's great. red pickups? wow. wasn't there a red pickup in "the perfect storm?" aka twister I think. ***Following up on that investigation, Lawrence Police arrested one man wanted on a warrant from Coffey County at the Jayhawk Motel, 1004 N. Third St. Policesaid they found materials used to make drugs at the scene. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Lawrence Police Department with this ongoing---at the jayhawk motel, there were scofflaws manufacturing meth? well! I never!

maxcrabb 6 years, 6 months ago

"regular citizen" in the context of the post is a non-criminal citizen. As this suspect is only that, a suspect, he is still a citizen as well, albeit a highly suspicious one. So i suppose you could say he (the suspect arrested) is irregular as he exhibits behaviour not normally associated with Lawrence citizens.

coolmarv 6 years, 6 months ago

Good thing for the 'dumb' criminals. Makes the cops job easier. Driving around in a stolen truck from the town you stole it in. Genius?

ksdivakat 6 years, 6 months ago

What the heck is going on in this town?? Isnt the article about the woman who was helicoptered to KC talking abotu a red pickup too????

SouthernBelle 6 years, 6 months ago

No, Marion, I believe igby is right. It's Festus.

50YearResident 6 years, 6 months ago

Anyone notice the perps were from Topeka?

May Soo 6 years, 6 months ago

"They come running across the parking lot jumped in and drove off," Backs said. "You don't think things like that would happen in Lawrence but they do."----------True, things you don't see the rest of the country, you will see it here in Lawrence.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

"topeka county=topeka/shawnee county. wow, a whole county name disappeared in thar.

kawvalleybulldog 6 years, 6 months ago

I'm also wondering how the stories tie together. Maybe the car thieves cut a deal and snitched on the motel meth lab?

jackpot 6 years, 6 months ago

thimble full no it made it ten blocks had to have more than that. that takes 1/2 gal to get 10 blocks. well maybe not if you go fast and coast.

janeyb 6 years, 6 months ago

Stealing a truck from a dealership during the day like that is kind of stupid. The truck probably only had a thimble full of fuel in it.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

okay:topeka=2transcient/bum=1can we bill topeka county, and the open shelter? 24th and iowa, they were trying to go to Weight watchers? and maybe they filled up the tank at one s station along the way on 23rd. add iqs for all three, you get one in the normal range. glad they're behind bars. ***what do you call a criminal who repeatedly commits crimes so he can stay in jail for the food, especially breakfast-the most important meal of the day?a: a cereal criminal.

imaLttlGrl 6 years, 6 months ago

"regular citizen" as in what maxcrabb helped out in explaining. But also, "regular citizen" as in not an off-duty officer in street clothes, or something along those lines. I do not know for sure who or what he was. All I know is he chased the guy, tackled him, held him down until the officer got to him, and I thought it was pretty awesome of him, especially if he had nothing to gain from it (as in if he weren't a cop) and should get some recognition for being a helpful guy.

classclown 6 years, 6 months ago

maxcrabb (Anonymous) says:"regular citizen" in the context of the post is a non-criminal citizen. As this suspect is only that, a suspect, he is still a citizen as well, albeit a highly suspicious one. So i suppose you could say he (the suspect arrested) is irregular as he exhibits behaviour not normally associated with Lawrence citizens.====================================No, no, no... They're no longer suspects. They are 'persons of interest'. It's the kinder, gentler way of referring to criminals in this PC age.

igby 6 years, 6 months ago

Festus! n-gunsmoke! Are all these crimes related or does the reporter just have boring and brain dead on crime details syndrome. Spit it all out at once so they all look related.Oh, I get it now!The truck bandits told the cops, the guy at the jayhawk motel made them do it!

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