A Eudora police officer stopped a vehicle Tuesday morning related to a shoplifting call at the Kwik Shop there, and the officer found items inside the vehicle that were connected to earlier burglaries reported in Lawrence, said Sgt. Chris Casagrande, a Eudora police spokesman.
Lawrence officers then arrested three Topeka men on burglary and theft counts related to a vehicle burglary, garage burglary and others that occurred late Monday in southeast Lawrence.
Kim Murphree, a Lawrence police spokeswoman, said officers were called about 11 p.m. Monday to the 1600 block of Matthew Terrace, which is east of 15th and Harper streets. A woman reported that suspects took several items from her vehicle; investigating officers noticed items strewn in several yards and located a purse.
Officers went to the residence listed inside the purse, and the owners said they had items taken from an unlocked vehicle inside a garage that was left open for 30 minutes while the homeowners were home.
Murphree said while police were speaking to victims Eudora police contacted them about stopping a vehicle that contained items that displayed the name of the victim in one of the Lawrence burglaries. Lawrence police arrested three Topeka men in the vehicle, ages 18, 19 and 21, on charges of aggravated burglary, theft, three counts each of burglary and attempted theft.
They could be formally charged later Tuesday. Casagrande said Eudora police issued citations to the suspects in connection with the Eudora shoplifting case.