Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bread, Milk and Stolen Property

You just never know what you’re going to find at your local supermarket.

A routine shopping errand by the friend of an area victim serendipitously led to the arrest of two men for the possession of two stolen high-dollar mowers and a 10’ trailer.

An Olathe man reported the theft of these items sometime between midnight and early morning on June 29, 2011. Later that evening, a friend of his spotted a white pickup truck pulling the stolen trailer with one of the mowers on board. The truck was just leaving the parking lot of a grocery store. He called police who quickly located the pickup occupied by two young men within blocks of the store.

What may seem like a quirky twist of fate was actually the result of a citizen being aware of his surroundings and not afraid to “get involved.” When the community and police work together, good things happen.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Do Not Purchase, Possess, or Light any Fireworks in Overland Park

Each year, Overland Park police officers respond to numerous complaints about illegal fireworks.

Fireworks pose a serious danger to everyone. The city has a comprehensive ordinance prohibiting all forms of fireworks. Additional officers will be on the streets to specifically enforce the ordinance.

In Overland Park, it is illegal to purchase, possess or discharge any fireworks, including sparklers, snakes, firecrackers and other devices. Fines range from $200 to $500.

Each year, fireworks are the cause of injuries and fires that destroy homes and businesses, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage. You should know that you could be held financially responsible for damage you or your children cause.

Rather than risk injury and property damage, attend this year's Fourth of July Star-Spangled Spectacular. This 4th of July event, seen by thousands, is sponsored by the City of Overland Park, Corporate Woods and the Overland Park Rotary Club.

Activities begin at 4 p.m. with the free fireworks show set for about 9:30 p.m. at Founders' Park in Corporate Woods. (Rain date is Tuesday, July 5, for fireworks only. No vendors or other activities on July 5).

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Convertibles Can Be Open Air Markets for Thieves

When you’re cruising around town in your shiny convertible with your sunglasses on and the breeze blowing through your hair, most people will pass you and wish they were in a convertible. Others will see an open top as a potential target.

On June 27, a woman was dining at an Overland Park restaurant when she witnessed a man snatch her gym bag from her open top convertible. The suspect, a black male in his late twenties with a “corn rows” hair style, then entered an older, light yellow vehicle with a Kansas tag occupied by another black male. They left the parking lot and headed east on 95th Street.

Although this happened when the convertible was left with the top down, the same crime could just as easily have happened to any unsecured vehicle where items of value were left in plain sight. Any valuables left in plain sight are tempting and readily accessible to thieves. A purse or laptop setting on a car seat can be gone in seconds.

Keep your belongings safe, secure your car and place valuables in the trunk and out of plain view.

Monday, June 27, 2011

DUI Check Lane Results

The Overland Park Police Department, along with several other Kansas police agencies, conducted a DUI Check Lane on Friday, June 24, 2011. The DUI Check Lane was conducted with the intent to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving.

Please review the statistical results:

784 - Vehicles entered the Check Lane
73 - Drivers tested for DUI
9 - Drivers arrested for DUI
3 - Drug arrest
3 - Transporting Open Container (Alcohol)
2 - Minor in Possession (Alcohol)
1 - Other arrests

Friday, June 24, 2011

TOP Ten High Accident Locations

1. I-435 / Metcalf 41
2. 95th / 69 Hwy 25
3. 135th / 69 Hwy 24
4. College / 69 Hwy 24
5. I-435 / Antioch 24
6. 75th / Metcalf 21
7. I-435 / Quivira 21
8. I-435 / 69 Hwy 21
9. I-435 / Nall 19
10. College / Quivira 18


Total number of accidents is down 4.5% compared to the same period last year.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Good Samaritan Sustains Facial Injury

They say no good deed goes unpunished, and that certainly was the case for an Overland Park visitor. As he was driving in the area of 75th and Lamar on June 21, 2011, he saw a woman chasing a black border collie down the street. He grabbed a leash from his car and joined the pursuit.

When he finally caught up with the canine, he grabbed its collar and attempted to attach the leash. At that moment, the dog whipped his head around and bit the man in the face, causing serious injuries. Although not life-threatening, the bites will require surgery.

With more people outdoors in the summer weather, please keep in mind animal behavior is sometimes unpredictable. Use caution when approaching strange animals, even if the owners insist they are friendly.

Pet owners, by law, must keep their animals on a leash while walking them. Taking responsibility for your own safety and being a responsible pet owner will prevent painful bites.

For more information, please see Overland Park Municipal Code 6.08.020 Dog and cat control.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

DUI Check Lane June 24, 2011

The Overland Park Police Department along with several Kansas police agencies will be conducting a DUI Check Lane on Friday, June 24, 2011. This task is being conducted with the goal to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving within our communities.

The Overland Park Police Traffic Safety Unit will hold a briefing at the Myron Scafe Building, 8500 Antioch in Overland Park, prior to initiating the enforcement.

For additional information please contact:

Sgt. Ray L. Tisinger
Overland Park Police Department
Traffic Safety Unit
913-895-6289

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Open Garage Doors are Open Invitations for Theft

On June 20, 2011, at 5p.m., officers responded to a burglary at a residence south of 145th Street. They were advised juveniles entered a garage, were scared off by the homeowner, and left in a newer model Ford Explorer.

The victim reported he was inside his garage when he noticed some juveniles walking around in the street. He didn`t think much of it until, out of the corner of his eye, he saw two of them walk into his garage. They got about five steps in before the homeowner yelled at them. They ran to a newer model Ford Explorer and headed north towards 143rd St. The victim described the Explorer as maroon with running boards and a JOCO KS tag.

Nothing was stolen from the home. The driver of the Explorer was described as having dark, curly hair and appeared to be 14-16 years of age.

The department continues to see these open garage door burglaries. As you can see from the above event, they occur at all hours. Please keep your garage doors closed if you are not in the immediate area. Remove car keys and purses from vehicles housed in the garage, to be on the safe side. “Beer refrigerators” are a big temptation for adolescents during the summer months.

So far this year, the Police Department has taken over 32 burglary reports involving open garage doors.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Battery Thieves Charged

On June 13, 2011 an Overland Park Police Officer and his trainee were patrolling businesses in the area of 117th and Metcalf. Little did they know they were about to put an end to a long series of crimes.

The officers spotted a man with a large set of bolt cutters forcing his way into a “battery cage,” a locked storage facility that houses used batteries. When the man realized he was being observed, he ran to a nearby vehicle. The officers contacted the man and another occupant of the car. The bolt cutters had been placed on the rear floorboard of the vehicle and were recovered as evidence. Officers also documented damage to the lock on the cage. Both occupants were arrested and placed into the Johnson County Jail.

Since this arrest, the Overland Park Investigations Division has been able to link this case to other Overland Park cases. This information will be shared with neighboring jurisdictions. It is anticipated that nine cases will be cleared dating back to August of 2010.

Friday, June 17, 2011

These Divots Are No Laughing Matter

On June 15, 2011 Overland Park Police Officers responded to a vandalism call at Westlinks Golf Course that went far beyond typical adolescent high jinks.

The damage that occurred between 9 pm June 14 and 7:30 am June 15 on the green of the 8th hole and the 9th hole tee box constitutes a serious property crime. Repairs are estimated at $2500.

The vandalism consists of several areas that appear to have been dug up by a shovel and another deep hole approximately 4' X 4'.” A 20-year employee of the course said it was the worst case of vandalism he has ever seen.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.





Wednesday, June 15, 2011

2011 MARC Leadership Award

On June 10, 2011, the Mid America Regional Council presented five leadership awards at its 15th annual awards ceremony. One of this year’s recipients was Captain Tim Lynch of the Overland Park Police Department. Captain Lynch was recognized for his exceptional dedication to our community’s safety and preparedness for any and all emergencies.

Captain Lynch was recognized for his more than 37 years of hard work for the City of Overland Park and for sharing his talents and efforts with the entire region. His work has ensured that our area is prepared to respond to both natural and manmade disasters. Captain Lynch is an exemplary public servant.

Some past recipients of this award include: Emanuel Cleaver II, Pat Roberts, Chris Koster, Alvin Brooks, Dennis Moore, and Kit Bond.


Shown from left to right: Commissioner of Johnson County, Kansas, and Treasurer of the MARC Board, Ed Peterson, and Captain Tim Lynch.




Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Save the Date "National Night Out"

August 2, 2011 is National Night Out, a nationwide program to get the community involved in crime prevention.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:

• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
• Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Members of the press can go to the website below, click on "press tool kit" and follow the link to download a Zip file containing information about National Night Out, the history behind it, the latest press release, and a list of registered areas.

http://www.nationaltownwatch.org/nno/

Monday, June 13, 2011

Overland Park Detective Honored by US Postal Inspections Service

In December 2005, Detective Byron Pierce of the Overland Park, Kansas Police Department arrested two individuals for misdemeanor shoplifting at Oak Park Mall. In addition to the stolen clothing found in their possession, Detective Pierce found a handwritten note containing credit card numbers and airline ticketing information.

Detective Pierce contacted the cardholders and learned thousands of dollars worth of airline tickets had been booked using their stolen credit card information. Due to the apparent nationwide nature of the investigation, a local task force, overseen by the US Postal Inspections Service, began working on the case. The Overland Park Police Department participates in this standing task force.

Over the next several years, the investigation stemming from this minor arrest led to the discovery of numerous interrelated brokers selling airline tickets across the nation. The brokers received much of their stolen credit card information from computer hackers in Southeast Asia.

Task Force members collaborated with fraud investigators from all the major domestic airlines, travel websites, and credit card issuers in the United States in an attempt to identify the perpetrators of the airline ticket brokers.

The investigation culminated in 2010, when six federal indictments charged 38 people. The defendants were charged with participating in conspiracies to operate fraudulent markets for the sale of airline tickets purchased with stolen credit card and identity information. Several of the defendants were also charged with multiple counts of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The defendants were arrested in cities across the United States, including: Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Oakland, New York, Miami, St. Louis, and Detroit. The majority of the defendants have since entered guilty pleas in Federal Court.

The investigation uncovered more than 10,000 credit card accounts which had been compromised, resulting in over $20 million in losses to the airlines, travel websites, and the credit card issuers. The investigation and prosecution represents the largest identity theft / credit card fraud case ever undertaken by Law Enforcement in Kansas City.

On May 25th, 2011, the US Postal Inspections Service recognized Detective Pierce and Assistant United States Attorney John Cowles for their work on this case. Detective Pierce and Mr. Cowles received the CHIEF POSTAL INSPECTOR’S AWARD, which is the highest award the Postal Inspections Service bestows. The lead Postal Inspector on this case, Steve Ryan, was also recognized for his work. Deputy Chief Inspector Greg Campbell flew in from Washington DC to present the awards.

Shown from left to right are Detective Byron Pierce, Assistant United States Attorney John Cowles, and the lead Postal Inspector on this case, Steve Ryan.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

High Visibility Traffic Enforcement

The Overland Park Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit will conduct High Visibility Traffic Enforcement on Thursday, June 9, 2011, from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at I-435 Highway and Metcalf.

This area is the city's number one High Accident Location. Officers will enforce all traffic violations, but will be paying particular attention to those violations likely to result in a motor vehicle crash. These violations include Disobeying a Red Light, Following Too Close and Aggressive Driving.

As of April 30, 2011, 34 accidents have occurred at this intersection since the beginning of the year. For the same period last year, 42 accidents occurred.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Results of DUI Saturation Patrol 6/3/11

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday, June 3, 2011. The DUI Saturation Patrol was conducted with the intent to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving.

The DUI Saturation Patrol was enforced between 11:00 PM and 3:00 AM.

Please review the statistical results:

1 - DUI arrests
5 - Drivers tested for DUI
2 - Safety Belts
4 - Hazardous Moving violations
9 - Other tickets issued
1 - Lane Change violations
1 - Defective equipment
1 - Minor In Possession (Alcohol)
17 - Total vehicles stopped


Sgt. Ray L. Tisinger
Overland Park Police Department
Traffic Safety Unit
913-895-6289

Results of the Memorial Day S.T.E.P. Grant Enforcement

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department conducted a Memorial Day – Click it or Ticket - S.T.E.P. Campaign from May 23, 2011 through June 5, 2011. The campaign was conducted with the principle focus on adult, teen, and child seat restraint violations. Officers also looked for speeding violations, bicyclist violations, pedestrian violations, and DUI violations to help reduce alcohol related auto accidents.

Please review the statistical results:

337.75 - Hours worked
867 - Vehicles stopped
23 - Speeding violations
753 - Seat belts (18+)
23 - Safety Belts (14-17)
7 - Safety Belts (8-13)
13 - Booster Seats (4-7)
1 - Child Seats (0-3)
75 - Hazardous Moving
205 - Other Violations
13 - Warrant Arrests
6 - DUI Arrests
1 - MIP Arrest
2 - Drug Arrests
11 - Other Arrests

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Police Explorers’ Receive Scenario Training

On Saturday, June 4th, the Overland Park Police Department held the OPPD Explorer Challenge. The training was held at the Fire Training Center (12401 Hemlock) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. 20 Explorers from Overland Park Police Department, Olathe Police Department, Spring Hill Police Department and Sugar Creek Police Department participated in the event. Explorer advisors critiqued the explorers as they investigated nine scenario based training exercises with students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School being the roll players for each scenario.

The scenarios included:

A domestic disturbance call, a stolen auto call, a commercial alarm, an auto burglary, a non-injury accident, a traffic stop, a strong arm robbery, a suspicious person call, and a building search.

At the end of the day the explorers with the best scores from each department received awards for their outstanding performances. This challenge gave the explorers the opportunity to have real life scenarios to provide firsthand experience on the daily activities of law enforcement.

The following are the qualifications to become an Explorer:

1. Must be 14 years of age, and graduated the 8th grade, through 20 years of age
2. Have and maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher
3. Have no misdemeanor convictions (including alcohol) in the last year
4. Have no felony convictions
5. Have a current and valid driver's license
6. Cannot be on diversion or probation.

Those who are interested in becoming an explorer will be required to complete an application and pay a minimal fee. Overland Park residency is not required to participate. In addition, the Explorer program meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If you have questions or know someone who is interested in becoming an Explorer please contact Sgt. Melanie L. Pierce at 913-535-3041.



Friday, June 3, 2011

Free Child Car Seat Inspections

Did you know that seven out ten child car seats are improperly installed? The Overland Park Police Department wants to help. The Police Department offers free Child Car Seat inspections on the first Wednesday of each month from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The inspections are conducted at the Myron E. Scafe Police Building at 8500 Antioch. Inspections are done by appointment only. An inspection takes approximately thirty minutes. There are two ways to schedule an appointment: You can go to opkansas.org and then click on the OPCares link or call 913-327-5677 ext. 6419.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Assistance Needed in Cell Phone Theft



Overland Park Police Detectives are looking for assistance in identifying persons of interest of a recent cell phone theft. The cell phone was taken from a store in the 9900 block of W 87th Street. Security video captured photos of the two subjects.

The persons of interest were described as Hispanic females in their late teens or early 20’s, 5’01 – 5’03 feet tall, around 180-200 lbs.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

DUI Saturation Patrol

On Friday, June 3, 2011, from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am, the Overland Park Police Department will conduct a DUI Saturation Patrol. A team of Traffic Safety Officers will be deployed throughout the city watching for impaired drivers. Drivers who appear to be impaired will be stopped and asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests. It is the police department’s goal to reduce alcohol related automobile accidents and discourage impaired driving within its community.

Last year, 950 impaired drivers were arrested by the Overland Park Police Department. A high priority is placed on removing these drivers from our roadways. Please don’t drink and drive. If you are out and choose to consume alcohol, call a taxi or have a sober designated driver.