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Archive for Monday, July 30, 2012

Guns among items stolen in latest home burglaries

Residents again urged to keep all doors locked

July 30, 2012

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Lock your doors. Be watchful. Keep the lights on.

But as police warn Lawrence residents about a rash of home invasions, reports of the crimes keep piling up.

Monday morning, Lawrence police reported two more overnight burglaries, including one in which two handguns were stolen.

One of the burglaries occurred between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:50 a.m. Monday in the 500 block of North Wilma Way, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley. Two handguns, a .38 special revolver and a .380 semi-automatic, were stolen by a suspect from the first-floor living room area of the home, which is northwest of Peterson Road and Kasold Drive. The suspect reportedly entered the home through an unlocked rear door, McKinley said.

Police were also dispatched shortly before 7 a.m. Monday to a home in the 1100 block of Andover Street, after residents discovered several items, valued at over $3,000, missing from the home, which is northwest of Harvard Road and Monterey Way. The residents reported they left their garage door open and said they think that’s how the suspect or suspects gained entrance. Some of the residents were at home asleep at the time of the incident.

The incidents are just two of dozens of aggravated burglaries reported in the last three months; in some cases, sleeping residents awake to find the intruder in their homes.

“It is a priority right now. We have detectives that are assigned to the cases as well as working a coordinated effort with both evening and midnight shift patrols,” McKinley said.

A 39-year-old Lawrence man was arrested on June 9, but the burglaries continued once he was in custody.

Police began warning residents in June to make sure doors and windows were locked at night after several similar aggravated burglaries occurred in southwestern Lawrence.

Police are asking residents to keep an eye out for suspicious people in their neighborhoods late at night or early in the morning.

Officers are also advising people to routinely check to make sure all doors and windows are locked before they go to bed, especially sliding glass doors.

Garage doors also should be closed, and officers do advise people to leave on exterior lights, including porch lights, throughout the night, McKinley said.

Comments

Downtoearth 1 year, 8 months ago

I have two dogs, German Shepperd and a pit bull to start. I have a few bullets!! Hope they don't stop bye my house. If so, this will take care of the problem!!

No what I mean Vern?

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toe 1 year, 8 months ago

The front page articles are working. The public support for more taxes for police is assured.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 8 months ago

Bea, In 44 states it is legal to own fully automatic firearms, Kansas and Arizona included.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 8 months ago

Bea,
I had gun education and shooting in primary school gym class. But my parents taught me before it was presented in school.
I also learned the waltz from my parents before it was introduced to others in gym class.
Later, I was in Jaycees shooting program. It was in the evenings, but still held at the schools.

Maybe way back in your day parents were relied upon solely to teach gun safety?

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mikekt 1 year, 8 months ago

Why not leave out some milk & cookies for the thieves,..... if you choose to leave doors unlocked & garage doors up?.....And put Christmas Lights on your house, so the Anti-Santas can find you in the dark of the night !

One second thought, they'd probably rather that you leave out them some street drugs, controlled prescription drugs with a cold beer or a little pot to end their overnights hard (?) work ( & the cookies ) & any kind of lighting might discourage them, as what self respecting burglar-thief wants to be seen at work ?!

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Caz Snwot 1 year, 8 months ago

who needs a gun? I'm getting a lion. People can dodge bullets, no one get's past a lion.

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Adrienne Sanders 1 year, 8 months ago

Love the fact that this is an excuse for some people to rant against the police, when the real problem is, people are too stupid to lock their damn doors.

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catfishturkeyhunter 1 year, 8 months ago

I keep my guns locked in a heavy metal guage locker that is bolted to the studs in my wall. The locker also has 3 locks on it. I used to keep a pistol grip 12 guage pump shot gun loaded next to my bed but don't any more. It really never made me sleep any easier. One day I might get a hand gun for self defense in the house, but the rest of my shooters stay locked up. They mean too much to me to just leave them laying around unsecured. They have alot of sentimental value as they are hunting guns. I would never leave a gun unsecured around kids either, thats an accident waiting to happen.

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Rockytop 1 year, 8 months ago

Guns don't kill, people do. I have never heard of a gun just killing someone. It takes a person to do this. Gun laws will only take guns away from law abiding citizens. If we are lucky these punks will break into their last house someday!

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57chevy 1 year, 8 months ago

I am not surprised at the current crime spree. It was inevitable. The Police (if you care to call them that) priorities are to buy armoured cars, hand out traffic tickets and protect the downtown barber shops and bad BBQ restaurants at all costs. In the time I've lived here every neighbor in my block has been burgled at some point. The police have been called over a dozen times and nothing has ever been done. The responding officers freely admit that property crime is not and has never been a priority for LPD. If we could elect a city commision who cared about anything other their own crappy little downtown businesses so that they could replace our incompetant city manager who could in turn try and find somebody less like Barny Fife than Chief Khatib, maybe we could get one detective to handle property crimes (there are currently none). Yet, despite the fact that citizens of Lawrence get robbed everyday, the police think we should be more worried about terrorists than criminals. Before we throw good money after bad, lets defund the armored car, the new building and the assault rifles and get a few bicycles and some actual police to ride them. We need new management. Fire Khatib and Corliss!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 8 months ago

Bea is totally right.
We need to bring gun education back to public schools and teach gun safety and skills to our children.
A gun should be in your control at all times, on your person, or locked up.

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Bursting 1 year, 8 months ago

My pitbull says no to robbers

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 8 months ago

Nobody wants the ole Flintlock, to hard for conceal carry---

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beatrice 1 year, 8 months ago

This story reminds me that there needs to be greater emphasis on gun safety and training. Even the usual weapons enthusiasts here are missing the obvious fact that a gun outside of a safe when nobody is home is protecting no one.

Keep your guns safe and secure when away from the home by locking them up. If you desire the protection of a firearm when at home, take the guns out of the safe at that time. Leaving guns lying around when not at home is irresponsible. Not to say the gun owner is responsible -- only the thief is responsible for the theft -- but that precautions are in order if you choose to make the decision to own weapons.

I hope they catch the thief and that they do so before something really tragic happens.

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe it's just the neighbors.

Ok, don't think to hard folks. Did someone open up the old Yellow House?

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somedude20 1 year, 8 months ago

if you insist on shooting at everything that scares ya in your house, please get a small caliber weapon so that your bullets don't go through the floors or walls and hurt or kill other people (no second hand lead please).

Thanks!

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CLARKKENT 1 year, 8 months ago

GOTLAND---IF THEY ARE HOLDING A GUN ON ME, I WILL OPEN THE SAFE. IF I HAVE GOTTEN TO THE GUN, NOT IN THE SAFE, THE BAD GUY WILL BE LYING ON THE FLOOR, IN FRONT OF THE GUN SAFE, WAITING ON THE POLICE.

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Lynn731 1 year, 8 months ago

People who leave their doors unlocked are idiots. Buy good locks, and lock them. A dog, a good security system, and outdoor lighting help too. We have all of the above, plus a 950 pound.gun safe. If you don't want to become a victim you must be proactive. Sooner or later these aggravated burglaries will get someone killed, either the victims or the criminal. Think about it !!

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kernal 1 year, 8 months ago

You'd think we were still living in the 1950's when you could leave your doors open all night and unlocked when you went on vacation. Those days are long gone, people. Adapt.

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Mike Edson 1 year, 8 months ago

The only strange people I have seen in my neighborhood are those pushy out of town solicitors who are pushing their home security systems. He kept saying how crime was going up in my neighborhood. Hmmmmm......

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Keith 1 year, 8 months ago

"One of the burglaries occurred between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:50 a.m. Monday in the 500 block of North Wilma Way, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley. Two handguns, a .38 special revolver and a .380 semi-automatic, were stolen by a suspect from the first-floor living room area of the home, which is northwest of Peterson Road and Kasold Drive. The suspect reportedly entered the home through an unlocked rear door, McKinley said."

This is why people should live in the safety and security of a gated community. What's that you say? Oh, never mind then.

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LeBo 1 year, 8 months ago

P. S. Keep and eye out for people of color, they are always the criminals (NOT!) Time to buy a gun people. Not build a police station. Law abiding expert marksman, beware petite crook you are endangering your life. Go find a job, wait, there are no jobs :(

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LeBo 1 year, 8 months ago

What good is a gun in a safe? Wait a moment while I awaken, remember the key/combination, call ems, (oh call the worthless police). Did I leave my lights on so that the robber can see? Give me a break. Police are overrated. Never at the crime on time*

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chootspa 1 year, 8 months ago

If the homeowners had only been gun owners, they could have.... oh.

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