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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Lawrence man charged with attempting to burglarize two Lawrence homes early today

August 16, 2013

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A 38-year-old Lawrence man has been charged with burglary after residents reported seeing a man trying to break into two homes in central Lawrence early this morning.

Christopher T. Beard was arrested about 5 a.m. in the 3000 block of University Drive, where a resident reported to police that a man in dark clothing and surgical gloves was trying pry open the back doors of two nearby homes, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

Officers arriving in the area saw a man they identified as Beard shining a flashlight into several vehicles and lifting the door handles. Beard fought with the officers when they arrested him, and gave several false names to police, according to Douglas County prosecutors.

The officers examined the two homes where incidents were reported and determined that one of them was occupied and showed damage to the back door. The other residence was not occupied and showed no damage, McKinley said.

McKinley said the neighbor who called police deserves credit for being observant and helping to stop a crime.

Beard appeared in Douglas County District Court via video today from the Douglas County Jail, where he was being held with bond set at $15,000. Douglas County prosecutors have charged him with attempted aggravated burglary, attempted burglary, and obstruction.

If convicted of aggravated burglary, Beard could be sentenced to probation or up to 34 months in prison, depending on his criminal history. Beard was found guilty last year of one count of criminal trespass after entering a residence in the 3000 block of Oxford Road through an unlocked garage door shortly before 8 a.m. on Sept. 17. According to police, he was intoxicated.

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elliottaw 1 year ago

wow they have been busy little bees today, good job LPD

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Lathrup 1 year ago

Good job to both the observer and the police.

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webmocker 1 year ago

"Beard was found guilty last year of one count of criminal trespass after entering a residence in the 3000 block of Oxford Road through an unlocked garage door shortly before 8 a.m. on Sept. 17. According to police, he was intoxicated."

Strike one.

"A 38-year-old Lawrence man has been charged with burglary after residents reported seeing a man trying to break into two homes in central Lawrence early this morning."

First home, strike two. Second home, strike three.

One can only hope.

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lou2u98 1 year ago

Amazing job to my neighbors!!! I am so grateful you guys were up!

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BlackVelvet 1 year ago

He has obviously not learned his lesson. He needs to spend some time in prison. Period.

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Tanner Stumbaugh 1 year ago

due to this guy's criminal history, just send this thug straight to prison. Evidently, repeated slaps on his wrists never taught him ANYTHING! OH, yeah... due process.

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paul85 1 year ago

How is it that last year he faced up to 11 years in prison for what he did, but this time around, same type of setup, he only faces up to 34 months. Something is broken here.

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jafs 1 year ago

Perhaps because of the different charges.

In this case, it's "attempted" burglary, etc. while in the first one, he actually entered somebody's home.

I would guess that actual crimes carry more serious penalties than attempted ones.

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