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Man charged with July home burglaries

September 5, 2012


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Map depicts home burglaries the Journal-World has reported on since May 11, when Lawrence police began warning about a rise in such crimes.The red dots indicate crimes in which an arrest was made.

Douglas County prosecutors Tuesday charged an 18-year-old Lawrence man in connection with two July home burglaries.

Markcus Trey Sanders was charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft, one count of intimidating a witness, and one count of criminal use of a financial card stemming from home burglaries July 15 and 19 in Lawrence.

Sanders was arrested Saturday afternoon in the 4800 block of Bob Billings Parkway, said Lawrence police spokeswoman Kim Murphree.

In the July 15 incident, a suspect entered a home in the 3900 block of West 10th Place shortly before 5 a.m. Someone in the residence woke, and the suspect fled. Several items valued at nearly $3,000 were taken.

In the July 19 incident, a suspect entered a home in the 400 block of Vine Drive about 4:45 a.m. A woman in the residence woke to someone shining a flashlight at her. The suspect fled, but not before reportedly stealing several credit cards, which were later used by the suspect, according to police.

Sanders is being held at Douglas County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Sanders is one of several suspects recently arrested after a rise in home burglaries between May and August. Police have warned Lawrence residents to take extra precautions, such as keeping lights on and locking screen doors. In late August, Sgt. Trent McKinley said police were investigating about 50 home burglaries that occurred during a three-month span.

For a recap of the recent home burglaries and arrests, visit


Flap Doodle 5 years, 7 months ago

Markcus? That's really how he spells it?

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 7 months ago

That is how it was spelled in the booking log.

Shaun LJW

purplesage 5 years, 7 months ago

Actually, spnc, it is how his parents spelled it. Adults should learn not to do that to their kids! Having worked in the school system, I have seem some innovative ways to spell things.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 7 months ago

In the book Freakonomics, the author made a strong statistical case for for people being discriminated against based on these very type of oddly spelled names. Maybe he should change his name to Sue.

Amanda Woodward Davis 5 years, 7 months ago

I know that there have been several break-ins in the East Lawrence neighborhood. Any reason these haven't been included in the map? Maybe they weren't reported by LJWorld, but if not, why not? I know there have been quite a few.

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 7 months ago

Manda2831, There is a discrepancy between the crimes reported and what we report on. A lot of times we're relying on catching the crime through scanner traffic and arrest logs, as well as the LPD's call log.

On our burglary map, for instance, we had about 17 crimes for a three-month span. However, police say they're looking at more than 50 such crimes in that span.

This burglary issue has helped us identify how great this discrepancy is, and we've been in discussions with LPD on how we can better close this gap.

Shaun Reporter LJW

Christine Anderson 5 years, 7 months ago

If there are any other burglars out there looking for a venue, I suggest my neighbor across the hall. Drug deals all hours of the day and night. How do I know this? Many persons coming to her apt for very short periods of time. Cars pulling up to the curb, honking, she goes out and hands something in, stuffs something back into her pocket, etc. And then there were the six deputies who knocked on my door, saying she had left her door open and was unaccounted for. Sorry, I digress. Come steal her product so she'll leave.

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