Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Help Identify Repeat Cell Phone Thieves

Our Investigations Division is currently working on identifying individuals who've been involved in several thefts of cell phones from Kiosks located throughout Oak Park Mall.

So far we've taken a total of nine different theft reports involving these subjects.

Anyone with information on the identity of these people is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS, or Detective Rick Breshears at 913-344-8767.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Detectives Need Help Identifying Suspect on Attempted Break-In

On 06/29/14 officers were dispatched to  a small retail store in the 7000 block of W. 105th Street on an attempted burglary report . When the owners of the business arrived in the morning, it was evident to them that someone had tried to enter the business overnight.

The suspect attempted to enter the store by kicking at the lower glass area of a side-entry door. His attempt failed  as he could only succeed cracking the window.   

This wouldn't be such a news-worthy case except for the fact that this particular business has experienced two forced-entry commercial burglaries in 2013, in addition to this latest attempt.  The cases from 2013 are still open and there's a good chance it may be the same suspect. The losses from those burglaries added up to around $15,000. 

The latest attempt was caught on a nearby surveillance camera. The suspect is a single white male of average build and proportionate height, wearing a dark T-shirt and long dark athletic shorts.
Please take a look at the surveillance photos below. If you can help us identify the suspect, call our Investigations Division at (913) 344-8750.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Results of the July 18th DUI Check Lane

The Overland Park Police Department and several Kansas police agencies conducted a DUI Check Lane on Friday, July 18th, 2014. The DUI Check Lane was conducted with the intent to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving.

Each driver was briefly interviewed by an officer as they entered the lane and provided with a brochure on Drinking and Driving. Of the 526 drivers who entered entering the check lane, 38 of them were given Field Sobriety testing.

Here are the results:

526 -    Vehicles entered the Check Lane

38   -    Drivers tested for DUI                       

4     -    Drivers arrested for DUI

1     -    Transporting Open Container (Alcohol)

4     -    Other arrests

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blowing Smoke

There was a story on the news a couple weeks ago about this thing called “Rollin’ Coal”.  If you didn’t see the story and have no idea what we’re talking about “Rollin’ Coal” in short and put as basic as possible has to do with the exhaust coming from a vehicle.  A little more specifically and more commonly, the exhaust from diesel trucks.  Diesel trucks and exhaust?  Ok, so who hasn’t seen the exhaust from a diesel truck?  Well, this is actually a little more than that; it’s almost a sport.

YouTube videos show it best.  Drivers who have usually altered their vehicle or drive in such a manner as to produce excessive amounts of exhaust at just the right moment, or wrong moment, depending on who you are.  If you are the intended target for the smoke, say a bicyclist, pedestrian, Prius driver, and even a police car in one of these videos it can be more than just annoying.  In some cases that smoke is so thick that it creates a vision obstruction, not to mention it makes it a bit hard to breath until it clears.

Well after seeing that video we thought it might be a really good opportunity to do just a little law review for some folks who might have seen that same video and thought it would be fun to go rollin’ coal.

Please take note Overland Park Municipal Code 12.04.175 states “… the engine and power mechanism of every motor vehicle shall be so equipped and adjusted as to prevent the escape of excessive fumes or smoke.”  So before you decide to smoke out that walker, jogger, bicyclist, Prius driver or if you are foolish enough to try it out on a cop car, remember, your actions can earn you the unwanted autograph of one of our officers and the opportunity to visit the Overland Park Municipal Court.  Roll safe!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa - Hold the Presses!

Did you sleep well last night?  Hope so.  Better question - Did you catch the news this morning?  If you did, you probably heard that the midnight shift of Overland Park was busy catching an auto burglar in the 6100 block of Foster.

Around 3 am, thanks to a resident who wasn't sleeping yet, dispatch received a call of a possible auto burglar trying to enter unlocked vehicles in the parking lot.  Officers responded to the area and a short time later had one in custody!

But wait, there’s more!!  About an hour before that another citizen who also couldn't sleep, this one on the south end of town in the 15300 block of Robinson, called in car prowlers in the area.  Did we say prowlers?  Yes we did.  Three of them.  The midnight shift was able to make contact with these three (one adult and two juveniles) and took them into custody for auto burglary.

With these arrests people are probably asking the question, are any of these related the string of auto burglaries in Overland Park?  Yes, some of them are in very close proximity to those other burglary reports we've taken, but that is yet to be determined.  The cases are all still under investigation.

Here’s what we can say for sure:  Way to go midnight shift and way to go to our observant citizens!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

To Be Or Not To Be - Impaired

Do a search on the internet regarding fatalities related to DUI’s and the numbers you are likely to find are staggering.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2012 10,322 people died in drunk driving crashes.  That’s 1 death every 51 minutes.

In 2012, 239 children under the age of 14 were killed in DUI crashes.  Of those, 124 were riding WITH the drunk driver.

It’s not like we haven’t seen the public service announcements.  It’s not like we can claim we didn't know.  Even if there weren't public service announcements, word of mouth would probably get the message out there.  After all in 2011 there were over 1.2 million drivers arrested for DUI.

But here’s something you might not know, in 2009 NHTSA did a study and found that 18% of the reported fatality crashes involved drugs OTHER than alcohol.  That includes all those street drugs most people know about like marijuana, cocaine or meth and even the drugs you might not think of like prescription drugs and even some over the counter medications.

This Friday the Overland Park Police Department is going to be doing another DUI check lane.  Yes, another one.  Because as long as people are making the choice to drink and drive and running the risk of forever changing someone else’s life or that of loved ones, we will be out there taking enforcement action.

This is not one of those times where asking for forgiveness later is better than asking for permission first so here’s what you can do to be proactive:

  • Prior to drinking or partying, pick a NON-drinking and sober designated driver or make plans to take a cab.
  • Don’t let your friends drive impaired.
  • If you are hosting a party where alcohol is served, remind your guests to make plans ahead and offer alcohol free beverages.  We would recommend not serving drugs of any kind as a party snack or favor – not only is it a bad idea, it’s illegal.
  • Make sure your guests leave with a sober and unimpaired driver.

 As always, you can make a plan for your own ride, or we can arrange one for you.  Drive safe and no offense, but we hope we don’t have to see you Friday.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's in the Box

On June 24th, the male shown in the picture below walked into a retail store off of 97th Street carrying an empty square fan box. Incidentally, the brand depicted on the box was not sold by the particular store he had just entered.

The suspect proceeded to the electronics area and was able to gain access to two cell phones and a tablet computer. The suspect looked around making sure no employees were in the area, and then placed the electronic items into the empty fan box. He then placed the box in a gift bag and left the store without paying. Investigators are looking into the possibility the suspect may have had a  key to remove the items from their security devices.

The suspect is described as a white male, 18-20 years of age, 5’10 inches tall, 165lbs, and brown hair. The suspect departed in a black pickup truck with what appeared to be rust on the hood.  The male was a passenger in the truck and the driver was not visible on camera. (see photo below).

The same subject was captured on video at another Johnson County retailer stealing electronic items with the same fan box.  

If you can help us identify this thief please call the Overland Park Police Department at (913) 344-8750.