Man suspected in Islamic Center of Lawrence burglary arrested in Overland Park

photo by: Lawrence Police Department; Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County

The two images at left are surveillance photos from a burglary reported Aug. 13, 2019, at the Islamic Center of Lawrence. The image at right is a surveillance photo of a suspect believed to have stolen some property from inside the Islamic Society of Wichita on Aug. 14, 2019.

Story updated at 6:25 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26:

Overland Park police have arrested a man who Lawrence police believe is connected with a burglary at the Islamic Center of Lawrence, LPD spokesman Patrick Compton said Monday.

Compton said via email that Lawrence police have identified the suspect as Amadou Oury Bah, 32.

Bah was arrested and released by Overland Park police on unrelated charges, Compton said, and Lawrence police have filed an affidavit for arrest with the Douglas County district attorney.

photo by: Johnson County Sheriff’s Office

Amadou Oury Bah

The burglary at the center, 1917 Naismith Drive, occurred at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, Compton said previously. The suspect, caught on surveillance footage, reportedly stole donation boxes that contained $1,000 to $2,000 in cash.

Lawrence police put out a news release seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect a week later, on Aug. 20. Compton then said on Aug. 21 that Lawrence police had been coordinating with Wichita law enforcement to try to determine whether the same man is a suspect in a similar incident in that city.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office booking records indicate that Bah was arrested at 6 p.m. and booked at 8:09 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of low-level felony criminal threat. He was released at 10:28 a.m. Monday. The Johnson County booking log lists Bah’s residence as Phoenix, Ariz.

Overland Park police did not immediately respond Monday to an email inquiring about Bah’s arrest.

Wichita police did not immediately respond to an email from the Journal-World seeking to confirm whether Bah is the same suspect from a similar burglary reported on Aug. 14 at the Islamic Society of Wichita. That burglary was also caught on surveillance video.

The Douglas County Jail booking log did not indicate that Bah had been booked as of Monday evening.

Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to the Douglas County district attorney, was unable to confirm Monday whether the DA is considering charges against Bah.

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