Friday, May 30, 2014

Another Bank Robbery

This time it was the Commerce Bank, located at 9501 Antioch Road. The suspect entered the bank at approximately 11:25 a.m. and presented a demand note to the teller. He acted like he was speaking on a cell phone as he approached the teller.

No weapon was displayed and no one was injured. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Suspect description is as follows:

Black Male, approximately 5’8”, slimmer build

Over-sized white T-Shirt

Light colored KC Royals baseball hat

Blue, baggy jean shorts

No further information is available at this time.

Anyone with information on this crime should contact the FBI 816-512-8100 or the TIPS HOT LINE at 816-474-TIPS.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ready to Roll

This past week, officers with the Community Policing section received specific training in order to be certified to ride police-issued bicycles.

The intent of this training is part of our on-going initiative to reduce crime and strengthen community interaction. The officers will patrol this summer and focus on areas such as high crime neighborhoods, as well as city parks and trails.

An officer patrolling on a bike has several advantages over a patrol officer in many environments. First of all, bikes are less threatening than patrol vehicles and allows them to be more approachable than in a car. This will allow the officer to have more contacts with the public than those in patrol vehicles. Officers on bicycles can also go in areas and terrain that traditional patrol vehicles can't.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Detectives Need Help Identifying Two Aggressive Shoplifters

On May 24, Overland Park Officers were called to the Best Buy store at 11525 Metcalf Ave. regarding two shoplifters, one of which assaulted a Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) on the way out of the store.

The LPO said he observed two men select three X-Box gaming systems from the shelf and quickly head toward the front doors. When the LPO tried to stop them at the exit, one of the suspects shoved the LPO down and tried to punch him when he got up. 

The Loss Prevention Officer sustained minor injuries as a result of the altercation. Both suspects were last seen leaving the parking lot in a dark-colored SUV with Missouri tags that was described as having heavy front-end damage.

Anyone with information on the identity of these two shoplifters is asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Move Over" Law (#MoveOver)

Are you aware Kansas has a "Move Over" law? If not, you are not alone. Surveys have shown that many people have not heard of the "Move Over" law for motorists.

Below, you'll see the pictures of two Overland Park police officers who are displaying photos that shows what can happen when motorists fail to move over or proceed with caution.

On January 31st, Officer Gunter  was working an accident on I-435 Highway when his patrol car was struck from behind by another vehicle. Officer Gunter was sitting in his vehicle at the time of the crash waiting for a tow truck to remove a disabled vehicle. Luckily, Officer Gunter had his seatbelt on at the time and only suffered minor injuries, but ones that caused him to miss several days from work.

Officer D. Guieb was also working an accident on January 14th when her patrol car was struck on the side by a passing motorist who failed to move over. This occurred on US69 Highway around 4:30 a.m.  She was working an accident and was blocking the roadway while a tow truck removed a vehicle from the ditch. Officer Guieb has missed an extended amount of time as the result of her crash, but hopes to be back to patrolling the streets within the next week or two.
All but a few states have laws in effect which require motorists on four-lane highways to slow down and move away from emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights. Did you know the law also applies to vehicles engaged in highway construction or maintenance if they are displaying a flashing amber light?

When passing a stopped emergency or law-enforcement vehicle with its flashing lights on, you must either vacate the lane closest to that vehicle(s), or significantly reduce your speed.

If you have not already done so, please make a habit of "moving over" when approaching an emergency or construction vehicle on the side of the road. It could be a matter of life or death.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Overland Park Police Looking for Information on Bank Robber

Yesterday, the Bank of America at 158th and Metcalf was robbed by a subject indicating he had a gun.

Below is a statement released yesterday by the FBI in relation to the robbery:

Please be advised the FBI is providing the following information regarding a bank robbery from this afternoon:

At approx 2:45pm today, a lone black male entered Bank of America, 15811 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS, walked up to the teller counter, and produced a demand note that read, "I have a gun, I will kill you." A gun was not displayed. Approximate loss is $8000.00. The bank is FDIC insured. Direction of travel from the bank is unknown. No injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Anyone with information on this crime should contact the FBI 816-512-8100 or the TIPS HOT LINE at 816-474-TIPS.

Missing Person –Silver ALERT

On 5/23/14, 80 year-old, John E Burris from KCK was reported missing. Mr. Burris has Dementia/Alzheimer’s. Last evening, he told his family he was in Overland Park KS, somewhere along 119th St. purchasing a pair of shoes.

Family members who spoke to him on the phone indicated he was confused and was lost trying to get back home.

We believe he may have driven north along K-7 toward Atchison or Leavenworth KS.

Mr. Burris is driving a Maroon/Burgundy 1995 Crown Victoria with Kansas Tag of 440BZH.

Mr. Burris is 6’2”, 180 lbs, brown eyes, with gray hair and a full gray beard. It is unknown what Mr. Burris is wearing.

If anyone should see Mr. Burris please call the your local agency or the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Overland Park Police Seeking Information on a Home Invasion/Aggravated Robbery

The Overland Park Police Department responded on a reported aggravated robbery in the 6600 block of W. 87th Street this morning around 4:30 am.

 The victims, a male and female, stated four black males kicked in the front door of their apartment and demanded money. The suspects also took items from the apartment such as electronics, jewelry and clothing items.

The victims stated the suspects were all wearing ski masks. One was carrying some type of rifle and another had a handgun.

The Overland Park Police Department is still actively investigating this case and believes the victims were specifically targeted.

If you have any information on this case, please call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS, or the Overland Park Police Departments Investigation Division at 913-344-8750.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Look Blog

For those of you who are familiar with this blog from the past, today you'll notice it looks entirely different. That's mainly because the creator, Chief John Douglass, has since retired (April 18th) and his previous blog "Just the Facts" is no longer applicable. We have now redesigned the blog and will continue to post news and information via the same blog, but it'll be done by various members of the department.

In the meantime, we're working on our social media presence for the Overland Park Police Department that will eventually replace this blog. We hope these future changes will allow us to be able to greatly expand upon the content being released, as well as providing a general location for everything that's going on in the police department.

Thanks for your support.

Gary Mason
Public Information Officer

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chief Douglass Retires After 41 Years of Service

April 17, 2014

Police Chief John Douglass officially retired from the city on Friday, April 18th after 41 years of distinguished service.

Douglass began his career in February 1973 as a patrol officer. He has held numerous jobs in the department including detective, sergeant, member and commander of the Emergency Response Team (SWAT), lieutenant, major and assistant police chief. He served as acting police chief from December 1995 until his appointment in March 1996.

The process to replace him is currently underway. In the meantime, Deputy Chief Mark Kessler has been assigned as the Interim Chief of Police.