Ballroom dance instructor charged in third alleged burglary of Lawrence cigar shop

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Phillip Michael Carney, pictured in January 2020

A Bonner Springs ballroom dance instructor has been charged in connection with a third reported burglary at the same Lawrence cigar shop.

Phillip Michael Carney, 37, was charged formally Monday in Douglas County District Court with burglary, theft of cigars valued between $1,500 and $25,000, criminal damage to property to an extent less than $1,000 and battery on a law enforcement officer.

As the Journal-World reported Saturday, Carney had been charged Thursday with allegedly burglarizing Cigar House Lawrence, 106 W. North Park St., on Nov. 11, 2019, and in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 2. He was arrested at the store again around 1 a.m. Saturday.

Lawrence Police Department spokesman Patrick Compton said that in the November incident, officers heard glass break, went to the store and found a broken window but did not find anyone inside the business. On Thursday and Saturday, however, officers found Carney on the scene and one or more of the building’s windows broken, Compton said.

After he was charged Thursday in connection with the first two incidents, he was released from the Douglas County Jail on $10,000 and $5,000 own-recognizance bonds.

In the third case, Carney’s bond is set at $40,000 cash or surety, according to the jail’s online booking log. He was also being held Monday on $2,500 cash or surety bond for reportedly failing to appear in Johnson County District Court.

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