Friday, June 28, 2013

Saturation Patrol Tonight

Overland Park officers will be out in force again tonight on a DUI Saturation Patrol.  The goal is to discourage impaired driving and reduce alcohol related accidents.  Officers regularly conduct DUI enforcement as duty allows, but a saturation event allows for officers to be dedicated to task of education and enforcement.

Tonight’s event will run from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Brazen Burglar Takes His Time

Right around midnight on June 25, 2013, a burglar cut through a chain link fence at a local equipment rental business in the 15200 block of Metcalf Avenue.  The suspect then spent nearly two hours selecting and loading equipment from the rental lot onto a truck and trailer located in the same lot.  The truck and trailer left northbound on Metcalf Avenue.

Most burglars are in and out of a business or home very quickly to avoid getting caught.  This one, on the other hand, appeared to think he was invisible.  Well, he wasn’t.  The business was equipped with video surveillance cameras.  Still photos of the suspect and items taken are shown below.

The suspect is a white or Hispanic male wearing a blue t-shirt and blue jeans.  The suspect also was wearing gloves.

The U-haul truck that was previously stolen from another business was a box truck with a “New Brunswick” graphic on the side of it.  We have included a copy of the graphic.

Officers and detectives are now starting to follow up on this case but, if you know anything about it, you are asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Graphic on side of stolen U-Haul

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

His Wife Told Him So

Heard the expression, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me”?  Not too long ago one of our citizens fell victim to the same crime twice.  His vehicle was burglarized and, according to him, his wife told him he needed to start locking his vehicle up.  The first time he chose not to make a report.  A few weeks later, he found himself a victim of auto burglary again.  This time he did make a report.  He told the reporting officer that the first time it happened his wife told him that he needed to start locking the doors.

While it is not always the case, auto burglary is one of those crimes that usually is a crime of opportunity.  Removing those goodies from your vehicle and locking it will limit the opportunity and the thieves will move on to the next target.

In the case of our two-time victim, it probably was pretty painful to be a victim of the same crime twice, but not nearly as painful as having to admit his wife was right.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Move It On Down the Road

The area of 151st Street and Hardy kept officers busy on Saturday.  In a short time there were 3 separate accidents, all related to each other, that resulted in minor injuries to one party and a total of seven vehicles damaged.  This provides us with an opportunity to remind drivers of the “Move It” laws in Overland Park.

Several years ago, Overland Park adopted the “Move It concept.  In short, the law states that if your vehicle is drivable and you are capable of moving your vehicle, you are required to move it from the main thoroughfares and highways.  Most people believe the officers must see the final resting location of the vehicles before they can be moved.  The reality is the final rest becomes important in severe crashes, not the simple fender bender crashes we see most often, and to leave your vehicle in the middle of a lane of traffic is just not safe.

We can give you several tragic and well-known examples of where the secondary incident was worse than the original incident, as well as one that is a little closer to home for us.  An Overland Park officer was injured a few years ago while working an accident on southbound 69 Highway. On September 21st of last year, a MODOT employee was killed while working an accident scene on I-70 and, in May of 2003, Trooper Michael Newton was killed in a secondary incident while stopped on the shoulder area of I-70.

No one wants to be involved in an accident but if you are, for your safety and the safety of others, move your vehicles off the thoroughfares or highways.  There are safer places to discuss the details of insurance and the officers’ response times are usually faster if they aren’t stuck in the long line of traffic the accident has caused.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Help Identify Commerical Burglar

On May 29, 2013, Overland Park officers responded to a business burglary in the 10400 block of Metcalf Avenue.  Today, the Investigations Division has released the attached still photographs of a suspect in that case.  They are asking for any help in identifying the person shown in these photographs.

The suspect is described as a stocky built male, wearing a long sleeve button-down style jacket or shirt, long pants, two different colored gloves and ¾ shaft lace-up boots with thick soles.  His face and head are covered in cloth.

The suspect can be seen walking in front of the business prior to forcing entry.  It should be noted the time stamp shown on the video is 60 minutes fast, making the date and time of the incident May 28, 2013, at 9:57 pm.  After forcing entry, the suspect stole cash from the register before leaving the business.

Anyone with information about this person’s identity is asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Help Us Catch a Catalytic Converter Thief

In the pictures below you’ll see an ordinary white long bed Chevy pickup truck. The driver of that vehicle, or possibly the owner, has been involved in several catalytic converter thefts in Overland Park and we are asking for your assistance in apprehending him.

These photos were taken from a surveillance camera at the Indian Creek Technical School off of W. 103rd Street. This theft occurred on Saturday June 8th, but, unfortunately, this was the third time that particular location had been hit this year.

While we understand there’s a ton of vehicles out there that are the same make, model and color of the truck in these photos, we hope this one will stand out to someone.  It is likely to have a bunch of scrap metal piled up in the bed. Give us a call if you have any information and we’ll look into it. The Shawnee Mission School District and your fellow taxpayers will thank you for your help.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Help Identify Suspect in an Armed Robbery

On June 19, 2013, around 9:50 p.m. Overland Park Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a business located in the 10000 block of W. 87th Street. 

The store employee told officers that a man came into the store, displayed a black handgun, and demanded money from the cash register.  The suspect then left the scene on foot. The employee was not injured during the crime.

The suspect is described as a white male, early 20’s, 5`8", wearing an Oakland Raiders hat, a grey jacket, a white shirt, grey shorts, and carried a black sports backpack with drawstrings.

Please see the photos below of the suspect from surveillance video.   

Anyone with information on this person’s identity is asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Marco Polo

All of us have either played the water game “Marco-Polo” or have been lounging around a pool and heard the constant echo of the two words. It’s an innocent ritual of summer, unlike some of the “games” older kids tend to engage in on hot, muggy nights---trespassing at both city and privately owned pools.

We respond on these calls because not only are they criminal offenses, but they are a safety concern.  Many times we arrive and find the party goers are juveniles and, more often than not, alcohol is involved.  Juveniles and alcohol are not a good combination, but if you add the element of water to the mix, a night of fun can quickly turn tragic. A past blog told the story of a young rebel who impaled herself on a wrought iron fence as she attempted to participate in a late night swim and swimming drunk is an unnecessary drowning risk. 

 Besides the danger of personal injury, midnight pool parties often get out of hand and costly property damage occurs. Patio furniture is frequently tossed into the pools and bathroom fixtures are destroyed.  Please remember that jumping the fence of a closed pool is illegal and criminal trespass carries with it potential legal ramifications. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Old Glory’s MIA

All crimes are hurtful to the victims involved, but some really offend our collective sense of human decency.  A theft report such as the one officers responded to on June 15th, 2013, is one of those that leaves a mourning community wondering about its fellow man.

That day, one of our Overland Park officers responded to the 8800 block of 148th Terrace in reference to stolen American flags.  Three neighbors in the area all displayed flags outside their home to honor the memory of fallen soldier Lt. Justin Sisson, who was killed recently in Afghanistan.  They reported that between the hours of 11:45 pm on June 14th and 9:00 am on June 15th someone took the flags from the front of their homes.

The investigation continues to find the person or persons responsible.  If you have any information please contact the Overland Park Police.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Staying Alive

The Overland Park Fire Department trains Overland Park Police officers regularly on CPR and other first responder type immediate medical treatments.  They instruct us to use the beat of the popular BeeGees song “Staying Alive” to keep time for chest compressions.

Staying Alive must have been what was running through Officer A. Jacobson’s and Officer D. Brown’s minds when they responded to the call of an unconscious subject back on December 12, 2012, because that unconscious, non-breathing subject did just that--- stayed alive. On that day, the beat was able to beat death.

The call started as an unconscious person who fell in an office building.  When Officer Jacobson first arrived, she quickly learned the male in question was not breathing.  She ran up the stairs where she found the unconscious male and some of his co-workers attempting CPR. 

Officer Jacobson took over the CPR rescue efforts.  During her efforts, Officer Brown and paramedics arrived.  Officer Brown assisted paramedics with retrieving necessary equipment from the ambulance.  The male was eventually transported to the hospital.  It wasn’t until several weeks later that Officer Jacobson learned the life saving efforts were not in vain.  The male survived the incident.

Last Wednesday, June 12th, Officer Jacobson, Officer Brown and the paramedics who responded on the call were recognized by the employer and co-workers for the successful resuscitation of the cardiac arrest patient.  Staying Alive was more than a song that day, it was a goal.

Officer A. Jacobson and Officer D. Brown

Friday, June 14, 2013

Another Prostitution Sting Results in 10 Arrests

The Overland Park Police Department conducted a Vice Sting on Thursday, June 13th, which resulted in the arrests of two prostituted women, six men for patronizing a prostitute, and two arrests for promoting prostitution.

The Overland Park Police Department’s Vice Unit is committed to making Overland Park an undesirable location for prostitution. To that end, the Vice Unit has partnered with other units within the Police Department, area law enforcement agencies, as well as hotel and apartment community management.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Home for Rent – 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, Scam Included

Several years ago, the police department established an online reporting system citizens can use to report several different types of offenses that do not require an emergency response.  Lost property reports are one of the most common reports filed online.  But on Friday, June 7, 2013, an alert citizen used the online reporting system to document a scam that she wanted others to know about and we think you should know, too.

This citizen was using an online service to search for a rental property.  She found one with an Overland Park address that sounded like it might be worth looking at further.  She sent an email asking to view the property.  What she received was an email reply with an application to enter a rental agreement.  This is where she made a good choice instead of a bad one.

Instead of filling out the application, she sent another email saying she wanted to view the property first before filling out the application.  She was suspicious by this point and decided to check the property ownership information.  She found the address in the online listing was not a good address.  There was a similar address on a different street, but that address had a totally different name listed for the property owner.  Through her own follow-up investigation she found that similar address was one that is currently listed for sale.

Now if this wasn’t enough to make her skeptical, the next contact she had from that person who “had a home for rent” made her certain there was a problem.  That all-too-anxious landlord said he was unavailable to personally show her the property, but he could mail her the keys just as soon as she completed her application.  That’s when she decided to contact us.

Rental scams like this one pop up sometimes, but now that you know the story hopefully you won’t be this scammer’s next victim.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Results of the Driver Awareness Campaign on June 11th

Yesterday three officers with the Overland Park Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit conducted another Driver Awareness Campaign.  This campaign was conducted for six hours.  The officers targeted the majority of their efforts on some of the city’s top high accident locations and traffic complaint areas.  A total of 47 vehicles were stopped and 48 tickets were issued.

The Traffic Safety Unit regularly conducts High Visibility Traffic Enforcement projects.  The primary goals of these monthly enforcement initiatives are to reduce motor vehicle collisions through selective enforcement, education and deterrence.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pedestrian Hit and Run - Suspect Information

Last night, around 11:02 pm, Overland Park Officers were dispatched to a reported hit and run accident that occurred in the area of 123rd Street and Nall Avenue.  By now you may have seen some of the news stories that reported this particular hit and run involved a pedestrian and an SUV.

Witnesses who were traveling on Nall described what happened.  They saw a white SUV vehicle was northbound on Nall Avenue.  An 18-year-old pedestrian started to cross the street and entered the lanes of northbound Nall Avenue.  The SUV struck the pedestrian and then continued northbound on Nall without stopping.

Today, the pedestrian remains in critical condition and officers with the Traffic Safety Unit continue to work the investigation. They were able to obtain still pictures of the suspect vehicle today by way of city traffic cameras.  The vehicle in the pictures is a white SUV.  The first photo shows the suspect vehicle before the collision. The second photo depicts damage to the hood area as the result of the collision with the pedestrian.

Anyone with information regarding this hit and run accident is encouraged to call the TIPS HOTLINE at (816) 474-TIPS, (816) 474-8477.
Suspect Vehicle Before Collision

Suspect Vehicle After Collision

Monday, June 10, 2013

Attempt to Identify Subject Using a Stolen Credit Card

Our Investigations Division has released the attached photo of a person of interest from a recent theft case they would like to identify.  A victim recently reported her wallet stolen from a locker at a local fitness facility.  Her credit cards were used later that same day.  A picture from one of those transactions is included with this release.

The person using the credit card is described as a tall, slender, black female.  She’s wearing a gray shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information about this person’s identity is asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Be Careful Where You Point That

Officers have to be observant at all times.  They might be responding to the most mundane of calls and see something that is a much bigger deal.  Such was the case when officers recently responded to a noise complaint at one address and saw the glow of a green laser coming from the window of an address nearby. 

In May of this year, a plane travelling to New Century Airport, at an altitude of 4000 feet, reported to officials that someone pointed a green laser at the aircraft as it traveled over the Overland Park area.  The pilot was able to narrow down the location to the area in the 7700 block of Frontage Road.  It was the third report of such an incident that week.

On June 1st, officers responded to a noise complaint around 10:30 pm in the area of 79th Street and Grant.  One of the officers noticed a green laser light flashing from a nearby window.  After addressing the noise complaint he went to investigate the green laser.  There, he made contact with a teenage boy who admitted he had previously flashed the laser at passing aircraft.

The teenager thought it was innocent, but quickly learned that type of action can carry federal charges.  The lasers, which can be purchased for as little as $20, can cause permanent eye damage.  Because of the range these laser lights can reach, it can be tempting to take aim at a passing plane but, be warned, that is a very bad idea.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Four People Forced to Find a Ride Home on Wednesday

Four people had to unexpectedly find a way home on Wednesday afternoon after someone stole the catalytic converters from under their vehicles while they were parked in the Overland Park Convention Center lot.

The thefts occurred during the daytime hours sometime after 8:00am when the owners had parked their vehicles in the lot.  They came back out to their cars later that afternoon and could see what was left of their vehicle’s exhaust system hanging below it making it obvious something was wrong.

A catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system of your vehicle. Thieves know that catalytic converters contain the precious metal “platinum”, which can be sold for quick cash.  While local scrap yards are doing a better job about requiring documentation from those trying to sell these items, there are still some out there finding a way to beat the system.

Unfortunately, catalytic converter thefts are documented nationwide. A thief can remove a catalytic converter from under a vehicle in as little as two minutes. Some of the most commonly hit vehicles are Chevy Cavaliers, Pontiac Grand Prix’s, Oldsmobile Aleros, and Pontiac Sunfires.
This is a metro-wide problem and involves many suspects. The Overland Park Police Department is asking for the public’s help in catching theses thieves. Please call us if you saw any suspicious vehicles or people hanging out in parking lot that day.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Oops, There It Is

The construction in the area is no big surprise. It’s been going on for a while now. The weather folks forecasted the rain, so it comes as no surprise either.  What might catch you a little off guard are the traffic pattern changes or standing water on the roadway in these construction areas.

Be extra observant and cautious when traveling through the construction areas.  The rain doesn’t always shut down construction jobs, so workers may still be out trying to stay on schedule.  Uneven pavement can cause water to stand on the roadway and at speeds as low as 45 mph vehicles can hydroplane or lose contact with the roadway.

Slow down and watch for traffic pattern changes or lane closures, such as the new ramp opening at 119th Street and 69 Highway.  If you aren’t paying attention you might drive right past that one.

The few minutes you think you might save driving fast on wet roads won’t matter if you have to spend 45 minutes to an hour waiting for an accident scene to be investigated.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Results of the 2013 Click It or Ticket Campaign

The Overland Park Police Department conducted a Memorial Day – Click it or Ticket - S.T.E.P. Campaign from May 20th, through June 2nd, 2013.  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.   

Monday, June 3, 2013

Detectives Need Your Help to Identify a Person of Interest

Our Investigations Division is currently working related grab and run cases from a retail establishment.  They are releasing the attached photos of a person of interest they would like to identify from the most recent incident.  The suspect in this case entered the store, grabbed several designer purses and ran out the front door.  He was last seen leaving the business parking lot in a newer white model minivan.

The photos below show a black male wearing a red and black striped hooded shirt with dark or black pants.

Anyone with information on the identity of these people is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS, or the Overland Park Police Departments Investigation Division at 913-344-8750.