Archive for Thursday, April 4, 2013

Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of stealing phone from pedestrian

April 4, 2013


A 47-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Wednesday after a woman told police someone had taken her cell phone when when she was standing on the sidewalk in the 900 block of Vermont Street and using her phone about 5 p.m.

A man in a black hooded sweatshirt and khaki shorts grabbed her phone, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. The woman struggled with the man, who fled and dropped her phone on Massachusetts Street, according to the report.

John Kenneth Jenkins was arrested about 40 minutes after the theft, in the 1000 block of Kentucky Street. Douglas County prosecutors charged him Thursday with robbery and criminal damage.

Jenkins remained in Douglas County Jail Thursday, with bond set at $2,000. He is scheduled to appear in court April 10.


buckjennings 1 year ago

Well, those pesky pedestrians are out there crossing streets without taking stronger evasive action from inept motorists, so it doesn't surprise me that they don't put up more of a fight when someone tries to steal something from them. As the incompetent motorist says after flattening a cyclist or pedestrian: "They shouldna been there."


ljreader 1 year ago

No need to steal cell phones. Anyone can already rip us off by getting free cell phones through the government.


Andini 1 year ago

He was going to use it to call for a ride to Topeka.


oneeye_wilbur 1 year ago

1000 block of Kentucky, headed to the Drop In Center and it was no more, headed south


jazzttt 1 year ago

If they're fast, they can go to the nearest mall buyback kiosk, drop the stolen phone in a hopper, and get instant cash for the phone. Many of these wind up overseas. Looks like this one didn't get that far...


ComeOnMannnnnnn 1 year ago

kind of a new thing called "apple pickin". thieves are snatching Iphones out of peoples hands so they have immediate access because the screen is unlocked. Scarey


meatheadwisdom 1 year ago

"A 47-year-old Lawrence man "

"A man in a black hooded sweatshirt and khaki shorts "

I don't know what else to say...


Clark Coan 1 year ago

Speaking of cell phone crimes, a friend was threatened in the library last night when a guy got into his face and said, "Do you want to take it outside?" My elderly friend asked the guy politely to go outside while he talked loudly on his cell phone. There is a policy requiring that cell phone conversations be held outside of the library.


MarcoPogo 1 year ago

Spring is here...the phone robbin's have returned...


consumer1 1 year ago

Which way did they go George???


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