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.