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Police arrest two Lawrence teenagers in connection with string of auto burglaries

April 30, 2013


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Police have arrested two 15-year-old Lawrence boys in connection with a string of auto burglaries near the 400 block of Michigan.

A Lawrence police officer responded Sunday morning to several auto burglaries in that area, where residents reported items missing from unlocked vehicles. Among the missing items were tools, cash, a sub woofer, an amplifier, and two bicycles taken from a nearby home, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. Police found at least seven vehicles that had been burglarized, and learned from witnesses that a group of teenagers had been observed behaving suspiciously in the area Saturday night.

Officers later identified two of the boys and arrested them at a home near the 1900 block of Haskell Avenue, recovering some of the stolen property in the process, McKinley said. They were taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and released to legal guardians later. The two boys could be charged in Douglas County District Court, McKinley said, but they have not yet appeared before a judge. Police declined to identify the two boys because they are juveniles.

McKinley said auto burglaries of this kind often go unreported and unsolved, but officers were able to identify suspects in this case because residents reported the thefts and cooperated with police.


mikekt 5 years, 1 month ago

Hey !!!! I know,...... it's for horses !!!

But leave your car and your doors and windows to your house unlocked,..... because you are creating jobs for the police, who would else wise not have jobs..... and for reporters who write the news......And you are helping to get other people's kids off of the streets at night and keep them out of doing bad things

How about leaving your wallets and car keys in plain sight on your front stoop overnight every night ?

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 1 month ago

Haven't heard that phrase in a long, long time. Hard to imagine a time when a kid, pardon me, a child, yelling hey was considered rude and undisciplined. Ah, well.

I would like to have those who leave their cars and/or houses unlocked to explain why they do this? Are they showing a really touching faith and optimism in their fellow man, er, person?

workinghard 5 years, 1 month ago

Frankie-you have never forgotten to lock a door?

Jason Johnson 5 years, 1 month ago

Forgetting to lock a door doesn't mean it's OK to steal.

Is it OK to rape a woman because she's wearing a skimpy outfit?

HootyWho 5 years, 1 month ago

just makes sense to lock your doors,,,

RubyVrooom 5 years, 1 month ago

So... just skip the yelling at me because I didn't lock my car and skip the yelling at me because I didn't report it to the police... I'm inexperienced at being a robbery victim and I guess I didn't do it right. Anyway, I had some things stolen from my unlocked car last week. How can I find out if some of the items recovered are mine? They'd be easily identifiable. Thanks

mom_of_three 5 years, 1 month ago

just because someone forgets to lock their car doesn't give anyone else the right to go through it.
and yes, my car was locked when someone used a rock to break the window.

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