Lawrence man arrested, charged with 17 counts in connection with alleged burglaries, auto thefts

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Dandre Cordray

Story updated at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday; booking photo added at 1:30 p.m. Thursday:

Lawrence police arrested a man Sunday in connection with a series of recent burglaries, and he was charged Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.

Dandre M. Cordray, 19, of Lawrence, faces 14 felonies: five counts of aggravated burglary, five counts of theft and four counts of burglary of a motor vehicle. He is also charged with three counts of misdemeanor theft.

Cordray’s charges name seven individuals as alleged victims of burglary or theft. Prosecutors allege that he stole items such as money, sunglasses, wallets, electronics, jewelry and tools, plus two Hondas and a Ford truck. Most of the addresses listed are in the area of Bob Billings Parkway and Inverness Drive.

Cordray was booked into the Douglas County Jail following his arrest in the 1000 block of North Third Street on Sunday, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Patrick Compton said Tuesday. He was arrested on suspicion of five counts of aggravated burglary, eight counts of conspiracy and three counts of auto theft, according to a news release from the department.

Police and the charging document in Cordray’s case say the incidents all occurred between Nov. 20 and 25.

Cordray had been arrested around 4 a.m. Nov. 25 after police were called to the 1600 block of Inverness Drive regarding a burglary in progress, Compton said. He was found in the area and arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, according to the LPD news release. During that incident, a juvenile was also arrested, Compton said.

Cordray is a person of interest in at least two other auto theft cases, according to the news release.

Online court records indicate Cordray made his first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon. His next court hearing is set for Jan. 9.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Cordray was being held on $50,000 cash or surety bond in the Douglas County Jail, according to the booking log. Should he make bond, he is not to have contact with any alleged victims or witnesses.

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