Lawrence police arrested a 36-year-old Lawrence man Thursday night after a chase with officers in the southeastern part of the city, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman.
An employee of Taco John’s, 2309 Haskell Ave., called police around 9:30 p.m. because the employee had observed a man ducking down inside a blue Toyota pickup truck, and the worker was concerned the restaurant was about to be robbed, McKinley said. The man later fled on foot, and officers and a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper caught him a short time later in the area.
Police discovered the man was inside a 1994 Toyota truck reported stolen at 3:50 a.m. Thursday from the 900 block of East 28th Street. Officers were examining property inside the vehicle because they believed it possibly was from another burglary, McKinley said.
The man, Geoffry S. Beers was booked into jail on charges of theft and obstruction. Prosecutors Friday only charged him with theft, and a judge set his bond at $1,500. According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, Beers is on parole for a March 2007 Douglas County robbery conviction.