Archive for Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Another suspect charged in rash of home burglaries

September 11, 2012


A second 18-year-old Lawrence man in less than a week has been charged in Douglas County District Court for a string of Lawrence home burglaries.

Ronnie Eugene Taylor, 18, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged Monday with 11 total counts, including four home burglaries. His bond has been set at $50,000.

Taylor is charged with home burglaries on the following dates:

• July 12 in the 1000 block of East 24th Street.

• July 15 in the 3900 block of West 10th Place.

• July 19 in the 400 block of Vine Drive.

• July 29 in the 1100 block of Andover Street.

On Sept. 4, prosecutors charged Markcus Trey Sanders, 18, in the July 15 and July 19 home burglaries for which Taylor is now also charged, as well as two counts of theft, one count of intimidating a witness, and one count of criminal use of a financial card stemming from the two burglaries.

Sanders was arrested Sept. 1 in the 4800 block of Bob Billings Parkway, according to police.

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 $75,000 bond.

Sanders and Taylor are two 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, Lawrence police 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


LeBo 5 years, 3 months ago

Lucky to be facing charges not the undertaker!

blindrabbit 5 years, 3 months ago

With all the citizenry arming themselves to the teeth, these invaders are playing with dynamite. Only a matter of time till we read about a knucklehead being blown away by some little old lady unloading her 9mm. No sympathy.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 3 months ago

Why didn't he go to Topeka to have fun?

Topple 5 years, 3 months ago

Cause he'd just get robbed walking back to his car with all his loot.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 3 months ago

Well, alright, falsie! That's the kind of spin I can get behind!

Reuben Turner 5 years, 3 months ago

well i be... i hope they are happy w/ their reward.

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