Archive for Friday, May 18, 2012

Lawrence residents chase intruder from home; shopper tries to thwart theft in Walmart parking lot

May 18, 2012


Residents in southeast Lawrence reported that they chased an intruder from their home early Friday, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.

McKinley said officers were called at 12:54 a.m. to the 2500 block of Ponderosa Drive, where residents had heard a noise coming from the kitchen. They discovered a man in the dining area. He was described to police as a black male with a slender build about 20 years old.

“The occupants yelled at the suspect, and he fled the house in an unknown direction,” McKinley said. “The suspect had possibly entered the home through an unsecured rear door.”

Officers continue to investigate the incident because they did not find the man in the area. Lawrence police did warn residents last Friday after two aggravated burglaries were reported near each other in southwest Lawrence.

In a separate incident at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, McKinley said a customer left Walmart, 550 Congressional Drive, to see a suspect inside his vehicle stealing his GPS unit. The victim ran toward the suspect, who attempted to drive away in a separate vehicle, but the victim grabbed the suspect and was able to retrieve some of the items stolen from him. The victim did give police a vehicle description, license plate number and description of the suspect, McKinley said. Officers continue to investigate that incident as well.


blindrabbit 5 years, 8 months ago

Wondered why Highway 40 was closed West of Lawrence early this morning; something about somebody heading home to Topeka!

irvan moore 5 years, 8 months ago

got a plate number and description of vehicle and suspect, doesn't seem like it needs a whole lot of investigating

RoeDapple 5 years, 8 months ago

The victim at Walmart was able to snap a photo of the back of the perp's car clearly showing color, make and tag with a cell phone. Unless the car was stolen he might as well drive to the police station.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 8 months ago

I love when I read about people who are refusing to be victims! Keep up the good work citizens of Lawrence.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

See this activity on the increase until jobs appear on the scene.

Jobs scarce = higher crime rates.

Hey City Commissioners and city hall why not hire about 50 new people and begin repairing all of the old sidewalks in Lawrence. Keep these people busy for about three years. It will cost wayyyyyyy less than more criminal activity.

Think about this for a moment. Jails and prisons are expensive.. Courtroom proceedings are expensive. Keeping people locked up doing mostly nothing is expensive. Is this a fiscally responsible use of tax dollars? Not if jobs for the community can reduce crime and keep food on the family table.

Stop constructing new roads,houses and sidewalks because that expands the city tax bills beyond reality. There is enough rehab work in Lawrence to last at least 5 years I would speculate.

FlintHawk 5 years, 8 months ago

+2,000,000. The City could use the money it has allocated for the incredibly misguided "attract retirees" project to create some real jobs.

FlintHawk 5 years, 8 months ago

I read almost everyone's posts, even yours. I'll protect my life, limb and family by not listing my exceptions.

And at least you didn't say, "That is so 20th Century."


kshack 5 years, 8 months ago

I am the one whose truck got broke into at wallmart. From what I know so far the man still has not been caught. He is driving a black saturn car with a douglas county tag number of 098 EMB. If anyone sees this car please call it in.

Tyson Travis 5 years, 8 months ago

Taking the photos or getting a tag number and vehicle description was wise, but confronting the perp and trying to retrieve your goods is VERY dangerous, who knows if the perp was on meth or something else? Better to quickly call 911 than risk getting shot, shanked, or run over, insurance will cover a new GPS unit.

kshack 5 years, 8 months ago

Update: We now believe the owner of the vehicle was not the perpetrator. We were given information that his ex-wife and her boyfriend are in possession of the car and fit the description.

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