Tip Leads Police To Man Accused In Business Thefts

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Thanks to a tip from a news viewer, Topeka police have made two arrests in connection with thefts at two businesses.

The first happened at 3:00 p.m. on January 3. Police say a white male entered an office building in the 3600 block of SW 29th and stole an undisclosed amount of property. According to police, the man was accompanied by two children. The man and children left the area in an unknown vehicle.

On January 10, a man with two children was seen taking property from Christ the King Church at 5900 SW 25th around 7:30 p.m. The group left in a two tone minivan.

Friday, Topeka Police spokesperson Kristen Veverka reported a tip from the public led police to make two arrests in this case. She said the person recognized a man in a parking lot at 14th & Fairlawn as the suspect shown on a television newscast. Thursday afternoon, police officers responded to the scene and brought Jeremie King, 33, of Topeka, to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning.

King was later booked into DOC on nine counts of theft, one count of obstruction, four counts of contributing to child misconduct, four counts child endangerment, two counts burglary, two counts making false information, and two counts criminal use of a financial card.

Authorities also arrested Florance Furrell, 34, of Topeka, in connection with these crimes. She was booked in to DOC on four counts theft, one count burglary, two counts criminal use of a financial card, three counts liability for crimes, one count child endangerment, and one count contributing to child misconduct.