Man suspected of burglarizing store two times
Police: Accomplice joins suspect on second break-in
At half past midnight Jan. 18, a local man broke into Casey's General Store in Basehor and looted the shop of cigarettes and numerous other items, Basehor police said.
The robbery worked so well, police said, that fewer than two hours later the same perpetrator returned to the store with an accomplice.
Police Chief Terry Horner said two Basehor 19-year-old men were arrested later that day for the crime.
"This burglary occurred twice at one business, and within 15 hours we were able to apprehend two suspects," Horner said. "A video tape gave us some leads and from there it was good street work."
Police seized evidence tying the two suspects to the crime at a Basehor home. That evidence included approximately 80 cartons of cigarettes and nearly 100 lighters. It also produced an array of drug paraphernalia and a substance believed to be marijuana.
The man who police allege committed the first burglary by throwing a rock through the store's glass front door was arrested on charges of burglary, theft, criminal damage and possession of marijuana. The other man was arrested on charges of burglary, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The case against them has been turned over to the Leavenworth County attorney's office for review.
Horner said the store is protected by an alarm system, however, "as best we can tell the alarm system malfunctioned."
A store manager reported the burglaries about 4 a.m. Jan. 18. A traffic stop at 4:30 p.m. made by a Basehor police officer led to a suspect and interviews.
The suspect detained by police during the traffic stop allegedly confessed the crime during an interview.
"From there it snowballed," Horner said.