Archive for Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tonganoxie police investigate recent burglaries

August 30, 2006

Tonganoxie has experienced a rash of thefts and burglaries during the last 10 days.

Early Aug. 21, someone entered B&J Amoco gasoline station on Ridge Street by breaking glass out of the front door and stole nearly 60 cases of cigarettes worth $2,000.

Damage to the door was estimated at $750.

Tonganoxie police officer Dustin Holladay said having someone target cigarettes isn't uncommon.

"I've heard about a lot of people doing smash-and-grab and taking smokes," officer Dustin Holladay said. "It's not out of the ordinary. Someone addicted to cigarettes and who can't afford them, they have to get them somehow. I think that's the first case we've seen here in a while of just cigarettes missing."

On Saturday, police arrested a 36-year-old Tonganoxie man who broke into Vet-Vax, 1203 E. U.S. Highway 24-40.

Although the man wasn't successful in stealing anything from the business, he was driving a stolen vehicle. Police clerk Sandy Koontz said she didn't know where the man had stolen the car.

The man, who was in custody Tuesday in the Leavenworth County Jail, caused $1,000 in damage entering the business through garage-door panels.

And Sunday, police arrested a 19-year-old Fort Smith, Ark., man for stealing a wallet from an unlocked vehicle in Country Hills mobile home park.

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