Man charged in connection with burglary of Islamic Center of Lawrence

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Amadou O. Bah, pictured in September 2019

A man has been charged in Douglas County District Court in connection with a burglary reported Aug. 13 at the Islamic Center of Lawrence.

Amadou Oury Bah, 32, was charged Thursday with two felonies: burglary of the center, at 1917 Naismith Drive, and theft of at least $1,500 but less than $25,000. He also faces one misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property for allegedly damaging a screen and lock at the center.

Lawrence police on Aug. 20 put out a news release asking for the public’s help to identify Bah, who was reportedly captured on surveillance footage during the robbery. Police previously told the Journal-World that the suspect was believed to have taken two donation boxes containing between $1,000 and $2,000 in cash.

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.

Bah was arrested in Johnson County on an unrelated matter and then released Aug. 26; the Douglas County district attorney’s office then issued a warrant for his arrest, and he was picked up by police in Omaha, Neb., on Aug. 28.

Bah’s next court appearance is set for Thursday, Sept. 12. He was in jail on $15,000 cash or surety bond as of Thursday evening, according to online jail records.

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