Archive for Thursday, March 9, 2006

Hearing scheduled for Basehor man accused in thefts

March 9, 2006

A Basehor man, who a week ago barricaded himself from police in an attempt to elude arrest, will appear for a preliminary hearing Friday in Leavenworth County District Court.

Richard Smarker, 47, is charged with criminal trespass and two counts of felony theft.

His preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m.

The criminal charges against Smarker stem from incidents in February, which police allege included his attempting to flee and elude arrest, possessing stolen construction equipment worth thousands of dollars and eventually leading police to a standoff at a Basehor residence.

Basehor detective Lloyd Martley said Smarker was evicted from his rental home in the 2200 block of North 147th Street. Police later were tipped that construction equipment, with a total value of approximately $50,000, was at the home.

Martley said a backhoe and trailer stolen from the Kansas City area were found.

Police also said Smarker had been arrested on Feb. 19 for outstanding warrants from Lansing.

On Feb. 27, police caught up with him at his former residence, where he barricaded himself in a garage. After an hourlong standoff, police went inside the garage and apprehended him.

Martley said he was unarmed.

Prosecutors will present evidence against Smarker during the preliminary hearing Friday.

A judge set Smarker's bail at $2,000. Prosecutors said he has not yet posted and remains in the Leavenworth County Jail.

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