Burglary suspects waive right to hearing

A 19-year-old Hillsboro man and a 17-year-old juvenile waived their right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Both Christopher Lieder, 19, and his alleged younger accomplice are being bound over for arraignment where they will both be advised of the charges and asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

The two have both been charged with one count each of burglary and attempted misdeameanor theft for allegedly trying to break into Hillsboro Body Shop on Dec. 8.

A court date has not been scheduled for the arraignment, but Lieder remains out on bond while the juvenile is still incarcerated at a Topeka juvenile detention center.

Lieder?s first appearance was Monday, Dec., 15, in Marion County District Court where formal charges were read and bond was set at $7,500, which was posted for him.

The bond will remain in place through these proceedings.

More cases pending

Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning said this is only the first of many cases his office will be filing with the county attorney.

?We now have about 32 cases involving burglary, criminal theft and vehicle theft,? he said Monday.

As his office continued gathering evidence on the burglaries, which took place from October through early December, Kinning said two stolen vehicles could be connected with the other crimes as well.

In addition, the Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 905 East D Street, also reported to police that a projector had been stolen from the building.

?This theft could also be connected with the other burglaries and car thefts,? Kinning said.

He admitted the investigation has taken time, but what started out as 20 some cases has now grown into about 32 cases with a few more twists.

?We are continuing to look for a third person involved in some of the burglaries,? he said. ?An arrest warrant has been issued for this juvenile.?

In an earlier interview, Kinning said, his office still has more charges pending against Lieder and the juvenile in custody, along with the other young person still wanted.

?They (suspects) weren?t going to stop until they were caught,? Kinning said.

Until all charges are filed, possibly later this week, it remains unclear how many burglaries Lieder was alleged to have committed and how many crimes the other two juveniles allegedly were involved in.

First burglaries

The first burglary happened Friday, Oct. 17, at La Cabana Restaurant, 117 S. Main.

The next two break-ins were at Molly?s On Main at 104 S. Main and Brenda?s Bloomers and Gifts at 111 W. Grand, with a third attempted crime at Dale?s Supermarket, 108 W. Grand. All occurred Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The burglaries at the restaurant and Molly?s were through a back door, but in the case of Brenda?s shop, entry was through a window.

At Dale?s Supermarket, more than $1,000 damage was done to the skylight and intruders were unable to gain access after attempting to remove a vent in the skylight.

Second rash

While the first four break-ins involved businesses on the west side of Main Street, the next three of four burglaries occurred on the east side with the fourth on Ash Street.

Jost Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning at 128 N. Main, State Farm Insurance at 114 N. Main and Bremyer & Wise Attorneys at Law at 120 N. Main were broken into sometime between Saturday night and Sunday, Nov. 15-16, Kinning said.

The fourth incident at The Lumberyard Inc. happened sometime after 3 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. More than $100 in damage was reported and about $135 in cash stolen. In two other burglaries, no money or merchandise was stolen, but buildings were damaged.

Thrills or taunting?

Adding to the eight downtown businesses, seven more stores were hit in the latter part of November: Hillsboro True Value, 125 N. Main; The Lumberyard Inc. for a second time; Trail Lane Bowling, 121 S. Main; and Jess? Tresses, which adjoins the bowling alley in Suite A; The Clayworks Gallery, 417 N. Main; Old Towne Restaurant, 126 N. Main; and A Cut Above, 129 N. Main.

Beyond downtown

Days before Thanksgiving, Rod?s Tire & Service Inc., which is in the retail industrial park, reported that just before midnight damage was done to a window after someone had thrown a rock. The following day, police were called at 7 a.m. to McMinn?s Bicycle Shop in the 200 block of South Cedar.

?Someone had gained entry and taken $100 in cash,? he said.

In less than a week after burglars entered four more businesses, police nabbed Lieder and one of the juveniles.

Six days before catching the two people alleged in the act, Hillsboro Engine Service, 404 Floral Dr.; McMinn Bicycle Service, 204 S. Cedar; Concrete Products Inc., 209 N. Cedar; and Car Quest, 607 N. Ash, were struck.

Although no money or products were reported stolen, the buildings were damaged.

?It?s been many years since we have had a string of break-ins like these,? Kinning said.

He attributes the success of catching the alleged burglars to good police work. ?A lot of it was extensive groundwork from this office,? he said.

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