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Armed robber hits Great Harvest Bread Co.

A local business was the victim of an armed robbery Monday evening. Police are still looking for the suspect in the crime.

January 18, 2010


Police were looking for a suspect in an armed robbery that was reported Monday evening.

According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Mark Warren, police were dispatched to Great Harvest Bread Co., 807 Vt., shortly after 7 p.m. The first officer arrived on the scene about 7:10 p.m.

Warren said the suspect had entered the business through the rear door armed with a silver revolver and had demanded money. After taking an undetermined amount of money, the suspect fled the scene.

The suspect was described as a black man, approximately 25 to 30 years old. The man was clean cut and of medium build and height. He was wearing a black jacket and blue pants.

Officers were still at the scene around 8 p.m.

No one was injured during the incident.

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Pete_Schweti 8 years, 2 months ago

I wonder how much bread he made off with!

Momofallboys 8 years, 2 months ago

give me all your dough :D's not funny

James McGuire 8 years, 2 months ago

So, every armed robbery is a direct result of our president? Were there armed robberies occurring in Lawrence during George W. Bush's presidency? How about Bill Clinton's or Herbert Hoover's?

Casey_Jones 8 years, 2 months ago

Great Harvest is just a small bakery with Wheatfields to compete with. They make some damn good bread and are very generous with their free samples. Who could rob them? Heartless bread haters.

Steve Jacob 8 years, 2 months ago

With unemployment comes crime. Natural order of things. Robbery with a gun is serious time.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 2 months ago

"through the rear door"

They violated the first rule of store security: lock the back door.

AS 8 years, 2 months ago

What the h*ll they should have been at home watching K-state and thought that I would never say this. Go k-state

middlemgmt 8 years, 2 months ago

Must have gone on the Adkins diet for the new year!

diplomacy205 8 years, 2 months ago

I like the Great Harvest Bread Co. Their wheat bread finally convinced my daughter that all bread isn't evil.

budwhysir 8 years, 2 months ago

bread is evil indeed. Once bread is allowed to be a viable and accepted source of nutrition in our small town, nothing will be the same. I believe that the root of all bread is dough being that it has not "proof" we must need it for information

Susan Lee 8 years, 2 months ago

I am so thankful that nobody was harmed!

Great Harvest is THE bread store in Lawrence! Not only do they create the best breads I have ever tasted (much better than their sister stores in other towns), they truly are the most kind and gracious people.

Where else can a child dripping wet from the pool get a delicious free snack with a smile? Only at Great Harvest!

nicki_ok 8 years, 2 months ago

I can't believe anyone would chose Great Harvest to rob! This local company volunteers time and their yummy bread to our community. How many of your kids have visited their bakery? And the repayment is robbery and mean jokes by petty people on LJWorld? How awful!!

ivalueamerica 8 years, 2 months ago

Marion says a crime committed can be blamed on the sitting president. Please, let us remember his rules and bring it up to him in a way that will show him how stupid his statements are.

Nah, too easy..nevermind.

Joe Hyde 8 years, 2 months ago

I doubt this was a spontaneous crime of opportunity. More likely the perp carefully scouted the business and did not risk commiting the robbery until after he'd confirmed that the rear door gets left unlocked (or ajar, or standing open) as a matter of habit by the employees.

With our student population making up a high percentage of the customer base, Lawrence is naturally a more open and trusting city. To help prevent this robbery's M-O from being repeated at other establishments in town (which could now happen), local businesses might review their service entrance physical security and suppy delivery procedures. Tighten things up a bit if weaknesses are found.

Douglas Yetman 8 years, 2 months ago

Marion, you are an idiot. You use these forums simply as an opportunity to spout your blather. Nobody cares about your foolish thoughts.

Sigmund 8 years, 2 months ago

srj (Anonymous) says… "With unemployment comes crime. Natural order of things."

Makes intuitive sense, too bad it isn't necessarily true.

Experts: Bad Economies Don't Cause Crime Waves, by Laura Sullivan, NPR Morning Edition, November 20, 2008.

While petty crimes like shoplifting MAY increase in some areas, the people that are most likely to commit serious felonies during bad economic times are just as likely to commit them in good economic times. It turns out that those who are morally corrupt enough to commit armed robbery are not as influenced by legitimate jobs markets all the rest of us. Go figure.

A second factor that affects the crime rate during recessions (especially in college towns) is the fact that younger people, under 30, who are both the most economically vulnerable and statistically also the most likely to commit violent crimes and felonies, tend to move in with their families when the economy is unstable. This phenomenon actually has a stabilizing effect on the crime rate.

Now add the historical fact that many periods of economic good times, like the "roaring 20's", have been associated with a spike in the crime rate and the American myth of higher crime rate during tough economic times begins to evaporate along with the myth that domestic violence increases during the Super Bowl game.

Randall Barnes 8 years, 2 months ago


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Fatty_McButterpants 8 years, 2 months ago

It's time to separate the wheat from the chaff... and start arming ourselves with knowledge about how to prevent crime. For example, it's moronic to leave the back dough open on one's business...

Tom McCune 8 years, 2 months ago

LPD, please rise to the occasion, pin this guy down, and give him some time in the box. We knead you.

igby 8 years, 2 months ago

10 to 1, this POS, been walking by there, on his way to the drop center. A new-by from the city.

Bladerunner 8 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps if this guy hadn't been loafin he wouldn't need to rob anyone. No matter how you slice it....seems like a half baked idea to me! Ha. Im on a roll! Just trying to get a rise out of you! My advise if he gets caught? Don't say muffin!

leedavid 8 years, 2 months ago

How much money can you get from holding up a bread store? LOL! Whoever did it has grounds for an insanity defense. He has a couple of holes in his loaf, no seeds on his buns, has butter light on his butter top, his wheat bread has some germs in it.

XEPCT 8 years, 2 months ago

I think Casey Jones and some others might confuse great harvest as a local company... when in actuality it's a pretty big chain out of Minnesota. The guy still shouldn't rob the place.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 2 months ago

If you're going to make a SPAM sandwich, you need bread.

Matthew Herbert 8 years, 2 months ago

Isn't the Great Harvest Bread Co. about 200 yards from the police station? Why was the response time 10 minutes? Did they walk? Lightly jog? Ride a unicycle through the ice?

staff04 8 years, 2 months ago

Technically, Grey Goose is made primarily from wheat, so Marion's diet change may be the truth as he believes it...

Jennifer Dropkin 8 years, 2 months ago

Robbing a bread shop is a crime of opportunity by a person looking for an opportunity, not a big payoff.

That means that at least one person has been scoping downtown for places that are easy to rob--and he was willing to do it with a gun with people present.

Several times, when I lived downtown, alarms would go off--and nothing would happen! I'd walk around looking for the likely location of the alarm and would call it in, and only then would the police show up. Security and response are not what they might need to be.

Great Harvest is a chain out of Minnesota, but it is a flexible chain. The Great Harvest here puts out different bread than the Great Harvest I visited in the Twin Cities. Great Harvest here is a wonderful complement to Wheatfields. The two bakeries make tasty but different kinds of bread (and I'm hankering for Great Harvest's Jarlsberg stout bread, which they don't make very often). And Lawrence's Great Harvest compassionately contributes to our community. I hope everyone there is ok.

jaywalker 8 years, 2 months ago

I wanna sourdough baguette and I want it now!

Brad Barker 8 years, 2 months ago

Probably the same low-life that broke into Terrebonne right next door to Great Harvast late last week. Hope he is caught soon.

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 2 months ago

I've never had a judicial protective restraining order filed against me.

How about everyone else here?

notanoobhere 8 years, 2 months ago

Maybe the cops should just go around the corner where all the scum hangs out waiting for their check or methadone or whatever those dirtbags do all day at 10th and vermont, they aren't working and guarantee that 90% of them have a criminal background.

LPD harass these lowlifes make them want to leave our beautiful downtown, PROFILING it works, shut up hippies quit whining you wouldnt be whining if it was you with a gun in face, you would be screaming gun control, then they take away guns and the guy uses a knife. Besides bet he didnt get that gun legally. PROFILE looks like a duck walks like a duck sounds like a duck probably is a POS.

Amy Heeter 8 years, 2 months ago

It was the modern day Victor Hugo. He was brought back during a seance using a board game.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 2 months ago

what a heel with a crusty heart.

reaction to this crime is rising in lawrence and soon this "clean cut" crumb will be bagged, sorted, and consumed in the bighouse. that is, until his case comes on to the parole board.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 2 months ago

You partnering up with Gnome and Boston these days?

A triumvirate of stalkers?


Barack Hussein Obamao loves Maryon Sydney Lynn.

oh, am I getting Maryon's reaction? sheeeesh, that's just too bad, ain't it. funny to see Maryon giving business and security advice here: his businesses have been such ringing successes, why there's two or three downtown right now, aren't there? crowds lined up to get in every night...right? uh, ... aren't there? ... right?

Momofallboys 8 years, 2 months ago

bladerunner your comment takes the cake :D

Matthew Fowler 8 years, 2 months ago

A friend of mine works there, glad she's OK (don't know if she was working that night).

bendover61 8 years, 2 months ago

Great Harvest is a local company, local ownership, local employees, local. Who cares where the HQ is?

Monica Miller 8 years, 2 months ago

rando, I was wondering the same thing. .. didn't another KU student die. . .was found in his apartment or somethin. . .where's the story on that ljw?

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