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Police investigate string of almost 20 auto burglaries in west Lawrence

June 18, 2013


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Lawrence police are investigating a string of at least 18 auto burglaries in west Lawrence early Tuesday and asked the public to call with any information about the crimes.

Officers began responding to theft reports about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 5100 block of Eagle Drive, said Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. One witness reported seeing three young males walking through the neighborhood and committing some of the burglaries, which police believe are related. Officers searched for the suspects but did not find them, McKinley said.

After the first report on Eagle Drive at least 17 more auto burglaries were reported in the 1400 block of Legends Circle, the 1700 block of Alvamar Place, the 4500 block of Turnberry Drive and other nearby locations.

McKinley said it appeared that thieves had entered several unlocked vehicles, taking items and discarding what they didn't want nearby. Officers were able to return some of that property to the owners but many items remained missing Tuesday afternoon. Among them were two laptop computers, a radar gun, other electronic items and a pair of designer sunglasses.

Police recovered some physical evidence from at least one of the vehicles and officers will continue to investigate, McKinley said.

Police asked anyone with information on these crimes to call the Lawrence Police Department at 785-832-7509 or the TIPS Hotline at 843-TIPS (8477).


mikekt 4 years, 11 months ago

20 auto burglaries are more than just several ( oh well ) .

Bad thing is that careless people embolden burglars to do their thing and advance their skill levels..........coming to a neighborhood near you !!!.......thanks to a great education from elsewhere in town !

Lawrence, as with many other cities, has it's share of junkies and it's people who don't lock doors, windows, cars and motorcycles,etc.up, who are enabling the junky habits of others people who are self and other destructive .

Unfortunately, the insurance rates for everyone will go up because careless folks refuse in the face of obvious publically known facts, to lock it up.

I wish that insurance companies would start to not pay claims on unlocked homes and cars and give policy holders who agree with to that deal, ......a cheaper rate !!!

Want a new mac book pro laptop ?

Just leaved your old one unlocked, in sight in your car and have a $250 deductible, on your insurance . You could save a bundle that way .

elliottaw 4 years, 11 months ago

You can throw people who leave their guns unlocked in their home into that same enabler categories, about 75% of crimes committed with guns are stolen guns

gohawks8808 4 years, 11 months ago

My car was one that had stuff stolen out of it. I can't speak for everyone else but my middle console which i lock at all times was broken into, i didn't leave it unlocked. So no, I wasn't being careless, especially in an area where you wouldn't expect this stuff to happen. Make sure you know what you're talking about again next time before you comment uninformed.

jafs 4 years, 11 months ago

From the article, "it appeared that thieves had entered several unlocked vehicles"

Steve Jacob 4 years, 11 months ago

Why in the world would you leave your car unlocked outside overnight?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

There was a time not so long ago that Lawrence was okay with unlocked cars. Those days are gone. With more growth comes increased crime rates. Times have changed.

West Lawrence is where the money is. Some segment of the population seems to understand this.....

jhawkinsf 4 years, 11 months ago

"With more growth comes increased crime rates." - Detroit has experienced substantial declines in it's population and presumably, your car would be pretty safe there. Right?

jafs 4 years, 11 months ago

That's a logical fallacy.

The only logical conclusion if merrill is right would be the "contra-positive", meaning that decreasing crime rates indicate a lack of growth.

colicole81 4 years, 11 months ago

My car, along with about 20 others, was broken into a week and a half prior to this. At that time, according to LPD, there had been several others in West Lawrence as well. Same situation, they stole stuff out of my center console, dumped what they didn't want near by and entered through an unlocked door...and no I'm not stupid, my husband locked my doors too quickly following a trip and my six year old hadn't yet opened her door...she unlocked her door to climb out and he forgot to re-lock. Accidents happen, stop blaming the victims. Anyway, I find it interesting that LPD supposedly had very strong evidence against a suspect at the time, yet no arrests have been made and the break -ins continue........

50YearResident 4 years, 11 months ago

They will open 1 too many soon and get caught. Then they will get a slap on the hand with probation and be right back out on the street opening more center consoles. I am guessing they will be under 18 years old.

Lisa Day 4 years, 11 months ago

I've got an idea. The current system doesn't punish criminals. They sit in the county jail and enjoy 3 hots and a cot, along with cable tv, all at our expense. They are being rewarded for doing wrong. They should be put to work. We have graffiti all over this town. Non-violent offenders should be put to work cleaning it off, or painting over it. And if that's not enough, then let them brake rocks. Sheriff Joe Arpaio has had great success with this. Once criminals get out of his jail, they leave the county and don't come back! We don't need to be paying for cable and other entertainment for people who do not deserve it and have not earned it. What they have earned is punishment, not coddling. Once word gets around that Douglas County is not a place where you want to spend time in jail, they will think twice or leave the area. And those that don't, well, they can suffer the consequences.

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