Archive for Monday, October 15, 2012

Lawrence police investigating several more home and car burglaries, plus handgun incident at book store

October 15, 2012


Lawrence police responded to several reports of home and vehicle burglaries over the weekend, and several occurred near the same location and during the same time frame.

Incidents that could be related, based on time and location of the reported crimes, according to police:

• At 4:45 a.m. Sunday, a suspect used a rock to shatter a rear glass door and enter an occupied home in the 4200 block of Trail Road. The suspect quickly left and nothing was taken.

• One block over, in the 4100 block of Trail Road, a person reported that a vehicle was burglarized between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday. A camera and other electronics were taken.

• Two vehicles were reported burglarized Sunday in the 400 block of Eldridge Street, which is very close to the other two reports. Police said the incident occurred during a similar time frame, but nothing was taken from the vehicles.

• Sometime between midnight and 7:30 a.m., Sunday a suspect entered an unlocked vehicle in the driveway of a home in the 300 block of Eldridge Street. A cellphone was taken, and the suspect used a garage door opener from the vehicle to enter the garage and burglarize another vehicle. Items from the second vehicle and the garage were reportedly stolen. The residents were home and asleep during the incident, but it’s not known whether the suspect entered the home.

Police did not have a suspect description in any of the four incidents.

Other incidents reported over the weekend:

• A resident in the 1600 block of Haskell Avenue reported that an unidentified person entered a residence between 5:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. A large-screen television was taken.

• On Sunday shortly before 5 p.m., police stopped a 37-year-old Lawrence man in the 2400 block of Ousdahl Road who was wanted in connection with an earlier domestic battery. Upon police contact, the man fled on foot and ran into Half Price Books, 1519 W. 23rd St. Police later arrested the man in the bathroom of the store. At some point during the foot chase, a handgun was dropped or discarded. The gun was recovered by police, who later determined it was stolen. The man was booked on charges of domestic battery, theft and obstruction of the legal process. Bond has not yet been set.


Keith Richards 5 years, 6 months ago

I would really like to know if we are actually seeing an increase in these burglary/criminal damage/attempted burglary incidents being reported.

My guess would be the new police captain is doing a much better PR job relaying these to the newspaper so they can further justify their need for 100 new police offers and a taj mahal, $50 million dollar new facility.

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 6 months ago

We're working on getting a better accounting of burglaries over past couple years. The stats currently don't break them out more than "burglary," which can include vehicle and dwelling.

Shaun LJW

Missingit 5 years, 6 months ago

You can look up the stats from the past I believe. They are reported to the feds.

happyrearviewmirror 5 years, 6 months ago

I so never felt on safe on the streets of Lawrence. Too many ordinary Kansans have been trained up to aggressively and discriminatorily mess with strangers. They seem to view themselves as just so special, entitled, and deserving of gratitude on this basis, but personally I beg to differ, finding this level of ignorance terrifying. Cops seem to be in the pockets of the local southern-justice powers that be, so that's pretty frightening too. Blow the cover of the criminals in charge at KU instead of hiring more police officers.

Lawrence is not a very sane or humane place. Stealing a person's sense of being safe in public is a pretty huge robbery. Even those who have been brainwashed by their parents to believe otherwise need to get a clue and realize that strangers are much more likely to view them as a bother than as God's Gift. Nobody wants strangers dropping doors on them, and that's what incompetents are more than likely to do. Even females with bad knees are capable of opening their own doors and climbing bus stairs, though professional drivers should know to treat everyone the same and always lower the stairs as a matter of course instead of making a public scene. Patronizing people is offensive. No brainiac cares to be talked down to by country bumpkins caught in 50's time warp. I could have done without 99.999% of the interactions with strangers in Lawrence that were forced on me. I remain a loyal supporter of the "Stop Street Harassment" organization.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 6 months ago

" Nobody wants strangers dropping doors on them, and that's what incompetents are more than likely to do. Even females with bad knees are capable of opening their own doors and climbing bus stairs"

What just happened?

buffalo63 5 years, 6 months ago

There have been several burglaries in our neighborhood over the last couple of months that have never been reported in the paper. Wondering if LPD is following up on these? One involved a person inside a house at night with the intruder pictured on a camera in the area. Never heard back from LPD.

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