Archive for Monday, January 28, 2013

Suspect in cigarette thefts arrested; three Lawrence stores reported robberies

January 28, 2013


Lawrence police arrested a suspect Sunday morning following robberies at three Lawrence stores in which cigarettes were taken.

Jamisha Laron Misirlija, 32, is accused of stealing cartons of cigarettes in the following three incidents:

• 7:35 p.m. Saturday: A suspect walked behind the counter at the Kwik Shop, 845 Mississippi St., and allegedly stole three cartons of cigarettes before fleeing.

• 10:30 p.m. Saturday: A suspect told a cashier at the Zarco 66 at Ninth and Iowa streets to keep the drawer open and hand over money. However, the cashier shut the drawer, at which point the suspect allegedly battered the employee. The suspect fled after another customer entered the store, but on her way out, the suspect reportedly stole two cartons of cigarettes.

• 4:51 a.m. Sunday: A suspect walked behind the counter at Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St., and allegedly stole 12 cartons of cigarettes, valued at more than $600.

Police identified the suspect in the three cases using surveillance video footage, later setting up a perimeter near the suspect’s home before arresting Misirlija.

Misirlija is being held on aggravated robbery, theft and battery charges. Bond has not yet been set.

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Theft trail

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The trail of an alleged cigarette bandit.


LadyJ 5 years, 4 months ago

Evidently not her first brush with the law in this state.

Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

I guess he was really really jonesing for a smoke.

jackpot 5 years, 4 months ago

Good map. Now can we move 9th and Mass to 9th and Iowa?

otto 5 years, 4 months ago

By the single would be a hoot - - be a pain to transport to the store without being in a case or a truck. I suppose they might find a way to hijack the truck or a cig factory.

waitjustaminute 5 years, 4 months ago

blue73harley, shoots, scores. no pun intended, unless you're offened, then i really meant it that way.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 4 months ago

Cigarettes as currency for crack? Well at least prison won't be a harsh transition.

otto 5 years, 4 months ago

It is truly amazing how the dumb ones always stick out like a sore thumb.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 4 months ago

Likely headed for probation and then another round of crimes committed until someone gets hurt. Then everyone will ask how it was allowed to get to this point.

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