Since August 5, 2010 and continuing through September 9, 2010, Overland Park Police Officers received reports of burglaries to unlocked vehicles in the area near 56th Street and Metcalf and directly to the west of that location. Police reports indicated the stolen items were taken from unlocked vehicles.
The stolen property included GPS units, In-Dash CD player faceplates, loose change, CD’s, tools, cell phones and accessories, and wallets. These crimes were believed to be related.
On September 3, 2010, Officers responded to the same area and determined a 2008 Toyota Camry had been stolen from a residence. On September 9, 2010, Kansas City, Missouri Police Officers stopped this stolen car and arrested its three occupants. Interviews with the occupants yielded information related to the vehicle theft as well as a tip to the many auto burglaries taking place in the northern portion of Overland Park.
Overland Park Investigators identified a suspect and conducted an interview with him. The interview produced valuable information related to various crimes and the recovery of a significant amount of stolen property. The suspect indicated he was involved in criminal activity due to his addiction to illegal drugs. He also told the officers he would sell the stolen property for cash to support his habit.
Investigators submitted all the cases to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office for review and formal charging.
To reduce criminal opportunity everyone is encouraged to lock their vehicles and remove items of value. If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, the trunk is a good location to store items or place them out of plain sight. Many criminals are opportunistic and will prey on the most vulnerable targets.