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Broken bongs, pepper spray and burglary charges at a downtown business
Yesterday it was broken windows and blood trails. Today it's broken bongs and pepper spray.
The common factor in the two incidents, however, appears to be reportedly intoxicated individuals kicking things that don't belong to them.
Late Tuesday night police arrested Shane Martin Cole Scott, 31, of Lawrence, on suspicion of attempted burglary, criminal damage to property and interference with a law enforcement officer.
Scott was arrested at 15 W. Ninth St., according to the Douglas County Jail's booking logs. That's the address of Discount Tobacco.
So, I went on over to the business and walked through an obviously damaged door, which managers Monica Kerley and Toufik Ahmed said was kicked in by Scott.
Ahmed said Scott, who was allegedly intoxicated, backed up to the street several times for a running start into the door.
After a few hits the battering-ram strategy paid off and Scott was inside the business, Ahmed said.
And once he was inside, Scott smashed a small security key pad on the wall, Kerley said.
However, from this point on the incident starts to appear less like an honest-to-goodness burglary.
"He didn't even try to steal anything," Kerley said. "He just tried sunglasses on and put them back. His main interest was the sunglasses."
Even when police showed up, Scott simply opened the door for them as if he were welcoming them into his home, Kerley laughed.
Officers were dispatched to the scene at 10:56 p.m., according to the Lawrence Police Department's daily activity logs.
In a memo to the city, police say several witnesses called in to report Scott's activities. In addition, the alarm company — whose key pad was ultimately smashed — also called the authorities.
Inside the business Scott resisted arrested and was eventually pepper sprayed, Lawrence Police Office Drew Fennelly said in an emailed response to questions.
The struggle pushed back several glass cases containing water pipes, Kerley said. Three of them broke.
Medics were called to the scene to wash the pepper spray out of Scott's eyes, but otherwise he was uninjured, Fennelly said.
Damage for the three pipes, key pad and the door is estimated to be more than $1,000, Kerley said.
Scott is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail without bond.
When asked why Scott might have broken into the business, Fennelly said he did not have information on a possible motive.
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