Suspect in burglary at Islamic Center of Lawrence arrested again, in Omaha; faces extradition

photo by: Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Amadou Oury Bah

After his arrest Sunday in Johnson County, it’s not clear how or why Amadou Oury Bah, 32, of Phoenix, ended up in Omaha, Neb.

But that’s where police picked him up as an alleged fugitive of justice, according to the Lawrence Police Department.

Bah is the suspect in an Aug. 13 burglary at the Islamic Center of Lawrence. He was taken into custody in Omaha at 11:46 p.m. Tuesday, according to online booking records, and he remained there as of 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Bah is suspected of entering the center, 1917 Naismith Drive, and taking donation boxes that contained $1,000 to $2,000 in cash, Lawrence police have said. On Aug. 20, LPD asked for the public’s help in identifying the man pictured in surveillance footage from the Islamic Center.

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.

On Sunday evening, Bah was arrested in Johnson County on suspicion of criminal threat, the Journal-World has reported. He was released there Monday morning.

Omaha police picked Bah up on a felony warrant for Douglas County, though how he got there was not clear to Lawrence police. However, Bah is set for an extradition hearing Thursday, LPD spokesman Patrick Compton said Wednesday afternoon.

Wichita police were unable to confirm Tuesday whether Bah is the same man suspected in a similar incident at the Islamic Society of Wichita. However, Lawrence police previously told the Journal-World that both agencies believed their suspects might be the same person.

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