Arrest made in Saturday burglaries
A couple of Basehor businesses owners woke up this weekend to find several pieces of equipment missing, but some heads-up police work has resulted in one arrest.
Early Saturday morning, July 14, two subjects were caught on surveillance video burglarizing a storage trailer at one business and taking items off the property of another business at 147th Street and Parallel Road, Basehor Police Chief Terry Horner said.
Items taken from the two properties were valued at more than $2,000 and included a table saw, four truck tires, an air compressor, three electrical boxes used for temporary power, a socket set and wiring.
"The subjects left in a small gold vehicle full of the items they had taken," Horner said.
Later that morning, a Basehor city officer backed up a Leavenworth County officer that had stopped at a disabled vehicle. The person found in the car claimed to have been sleeping, Horner said. Officers saw the items in the car but did not know their origins.
"The officers did a good thing and had the vehicle towed in," Horner said.
After the businesses called the Police Department to report the thefts, officers were to able to put the pieces together and figure out just what was going on, Horner said. The department filed a complaint with the Leavenworth County Attorney's Office and received a warrant the same day.
Jeffe A. Laster, 29, Lansing, was later arrested by the Leavenworth Police Department on two counts of felony theft and one count criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor.
"At this time, the police department is still investigating who the accomplice was," Horner said. "Anyone with information is urged to call the police department, 724-1313."