Archive for Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Police arrest man in connection with two morning home burglaries

Investigators trying to determine if suspect can be tied to dozens of other recent burglaries

July 31, 2012, 9:12 a.m. Updated July 31, 2012, 11:46 a.m.


Lawrence police arrested a 31-year-old Lawrence man suspected of three burglaries committed early Tuesday morning while residents were sleeping.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman, said officers were investigating to determine if the suspect could be linked to several dozen similar burglaries. McKinley said at 11:20 a.m. prosecutors do not plan to file court charges against the man until Wednesday because officers were still reviewing evidence.

Police have warned residents for weeks to lock their doors and close their garage doors at night. In one recent home burglary, two guns were stolen while residents slept inside.

McKinley said the three burglaries reported Tuesday all occurred in the same area of northern Lawrence.

In the first one, police were called at 4:15 a.m. to the 300 block of Northwood Lane, where a person awoke and saw the suspect who ran from the residence. McKinley said a second burglary was reported on Northwood Lane later Tuesday morning as a resident discovered someone either had entered or attempted to enter a rear door of the house but did not see the suspect.

The third burglary was just before 6 a.m. on Woodlawn Drive, southeast of Peterson Road and Princeton Boulevard.

“They reported this person in the house and called it in. An officer got into the area very quickly and located the suspect very shortly thereafter,” McKinley said.

Officers found the suspect in the 100 block of Lawrence Avenue. He was taken to the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of aggravated burglary and obstruction.

McKinley said several officers were in the area after the arrest looking for potential evidence.

“We of course are looking at any connection that this person may have to other previous burglaries,” McKinley said. “We will probably be working into the evening and early morning as well trying to pull this all together and prepare the best possible case.”

The Journal-World generally does not identify suspects until they are formally charged.


Charlie Sabotage 5 years, 10 months ago

The other article didn't mention that the residents "woke to find" the suspect fleeing. Hummm....things change. Go back to leaving your doors unlocked. They got him!

beatrice 5 years, 10 months ago

Did he happen to have "a .38 special revolver and a .380 semi-automatic" on him?

FlintlockRifle 5 years, 10 months ago

Look in the bushes if you live in the area of town

beatrice 5 years, 10 months ago

Would the low lifes include those who believe in vigilante justice?

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

If he'd broken into my house he'd be easy to find. He'd be the guy with .45 slug sized holes in him.

beatrice 5 years, 10 months ago

Of course, you would have to be home at the time. If you don't have a safe, he might be the guy with a new .45 revolver in his pocket as he robs the next house.

JackMcKee 5 years, 10 months ago

He'd have to time it just right because I typically work from my home office and I'm usually at home at 11:30 at night. Is that a gamble this perp is willing to to take with his life?

webmocker 5 years, 10 months ago

Home, and awake. Many of the victims were asleep, according to reports.

pace 5 years, 10 months ago

That is a reasonable use and storage system.

James Minor 5 years, 10 months ago

For those with the gun toting comments and the tough guy attitude, you probably would need a change in underwear if you heard someone breaking into your house!!!

pace 5 years, 10 months ago

Lock your doors, use outside security motion lights, don't open your door to a stranger, you can talk through the door. Teach your children not to let stranger in. Do what you can to keep your family safe, it is part of your job. There is no reason in equating being careful with lack of bravado. . Lock your doors and watch out for each other. There is no reason to think a man or woman should not shoot a criminal who has broken into the home while their family sleeps. You shouldn't assume that people with guns are afraid to use them. Most home owners think it is their duty to protect themselves and their family.

joes_donuts 5 years, 10 months ago

And in other news, the remaining 11 officers on patrol that night conducted 32 bar checks at the college bars and issued 3 Minor in Possession tickets to college girls. It was declared a successful night by the LPD...

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