Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cooperation Solves Crimes

I routinely mention in my blogs the importance of the entire community working together to solve crime and maintain our city. This following story is a perfect example of working together.

Recently, an honest employee of a Kansas City, Missouri consignment store contacted the security office of an Overland Park department store. The employee inquired if there had been a recent theft of several high-dollar designer purses. She told the security officer that a woman was currently in the store attempting to sell purses that are commonly carried by that retailer. The security office informed the employee that they had been victimized twice in the last several days.

Kansas City Missouri Police responded to the consignment store and detained the women while Overland Park Detectives were notified. Detectives responded to the consignment store and contacted the department store security office by phone. Through a cooperative investigation, the woman was arrested and several purses valued at over $6000.00 were recovered.

This woman was extradited back to Kansas and has been charged with two counts of felony theft by the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office.

Without the effort of all those involved in this case, this woman most likely would not have been caught. It is important to all of us to stop retail crime; losses sustained by businesses are passed off to consumers in the form of higher prices. This was great work by all those involved. Let’s keep this great working relationship going.