Man arrested in Wabaunsee Co. burglary case on parole from 2017 murders

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- 13 NEWS has learned the name of the man arrested Wednesday in connection with a string of burglaries in Wabaunsee Co.

Authorities say Codi Cunningham was taken into custody just before 8 a.m. Wednesday after running from police.

The Kansas Highway Patrol told 13 NEWS a vehicle that matched the description of a pickup truck connected to recent burglaries in Wabaunsee Co. was spotted in the parking lot of the Kwik Shop, at 746 NE Wabash Ave. KHP added the three occupants, one man and two women, fled on foot.

As of 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, officials say the man, Cunningham, was in police custody. He was captured by a creek close to the convenience store. He was transported to a local hospital for an undisclosed reason.

The search continues for the two woman.

Police are also searching for a person of interest in the robberies. Officers believe Michael Lester was the driver of a stolen GMC pickup that was abandoned near 9th and Cambridge.

Cunningham is on parole for harboring one of the men accused in a triple murder in March 2017 and harboring evidence in the case. He received a suspended sentencing for hiding Joseph Lowry, who's charged with the deaths of two of the victims, Matthew Leavitt and Nicole Fisher. He was also convicted of concealing or destroying the 2006 Pontiac G6 that was pulled out of the Kansas River.