Tonganoxie A call from an alert resident early Tuesday morning led to the arrest of four people suspected of burglarizing 70 vehicles in Leavenworth and Jefferson counties.
Tonganoxie Police Chief Jeff Brandau said Christian G. Lowe, 18, Oskaloosa; Dustin J. Courter, 19, Oskaloosa; and a juvenile from Lawrence were arrested on charges of burglary and theft after a Tonganoxie resident reported early Tuesday morning his vehicle had just been burglarized. The juvenile also was cited for possession of cocaine.
A fourth man, Dylan D. Coleman, 19, McLouth, was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.
Lowe and Courter are charged in Leavenworth County District Court with vehicle burglary and conspiracy to commit nonresidential burglary.
Soon after receiving the resident’s call, Tonganoxie police spotted a vehicle matching the description of one reportedly used in the burglaries, Brandau said. The officers kept the vehicle under surveillance as the suspects returned to it and drove off. Tonganoxie police and Leavenworth County Sheriff’s deputies then stopped the vehicle.
Brandau said his department and the Leavenworth and Jefferson county sheriff’s offices have been investigating the burglaries since the thefts started about six weeks ago.
Following the arrests, search warrants were executed in Lawrence, McLouth and Oskaloosa, where stolen electronics, firearms and other property were recovered, Brandau said.
“They’ve been real active,” he said. “They don’t even know how many they did. I’m sure there were a lot that were never reported. We found stuff with peoples’ names on it, and they didn’t even report it stolen.”