Monday, January 26, 2015

Today Marks the 30th Anniversary of the Passing of Officer Deanna Rose

For past and present members of the Overland Park Police Department, the arrival of January 26th each year is a solemn reminder of the ultimate sacrifice paid by one of our own, 30 years ago today.

This morning at 11:00, the department paid tribute to Officer Deanna Hummel Rose, with a special radio broadcast to all officers on duty and those monitoring our talk group.

Click on the link below to listen to the actual broadcast. A copy of the script is also provided below.

For more information about Deanna Rose and her untimely death, please visit the following link:
Police Officer
Deanna Hummel Rose
Overland Park Police Department, Kansas
End of Watch: Saturday, January 26, 1985

 <Tone>: Clear the network for an important broadcast

 (10 second pause)

 <Tone>: Clearing the network for this important broadcast

Attention all Overland Park units and stations monitoring this talk group

Today, January 26, 2015, at 1100 hours, marks the 30th anniversary of the End of Watch for Officer Deanna Rose.

Your fellow Overland Park Police Family has remembered you countless times over the past thirty (30) years. 

We are proud of you, we miss you, we will never forget you. May you continue to rest in peace.

<Tone>: End of broadcast, Clearing the network, Overland Park concluding at 1101 hours.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Help Us Identify These Robbery Suspects

Please take a look at the pictures below from our robbery that occurred yesterday in the parking lot outside Oak Park Mall. If you can identify any of the four suspects pictured below, please call the Overland Park Police Department or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

Note: The suspect vehicle pictured below was reported stolen earlier out of Independence, MO.

Press Release issued yesterday:

Police Department Investigating Reported Robbery of Female Victim
On January 21, 2015, at approximately 3:50pm, officers responded to the 11600 block of W 95th on a report of a robbery. The victim told police she was sitting in her car in the parking lot when 4 suspects, opened her car door, pointed a gun at her and took her purse and phone. 

The suspects were described as 3 black females and 1 black male, ages 15-21. One of the females was wearing a turquoise jacket and described as 5’03”, 150 lbs.

The suspects fled the area in a black Chrysler Sebring.

This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Overland Park Police Department or the TIPS HOTLINE at (816) 474-TIPS.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Two Bad Boys and Skimmers

Help us identify the two subjects pictured below who placed a credit card skimming device on a local bank ATM. The device was installed by the two individuals on January 10th, and an alert customer notified bank employees that there was something odd about the card reader.

The bank was already made aware of the potential for skimming devices as there had been evidence shared across the metro of possible tampering with ATM's in order to install these devices.

The device was in place for less than a day, and at this time we do not believe anyone's credit card information has been compromised, but the investigation is still on-going.

If you recognize either one of these individuals, please call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8738 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

The link below is from a story we did back in 2013 regarding skimmers and how suspects use them to steal your information. NOTE: The pictures in that story are NOT related to this case.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Auto Burglaries at Day Care Facilities this Morning

A word of caution to parents who take their children into day care facilities and leave their valuables, such as purses or wallets inside the vehicle: TAKE IT WITH YOU.

In the past, auto burglars have targeted vehicles as parents take their children into the building and leave their purses, wallets, GPS’s, electronics and other items of value inside their vehicles, sometimes in plain view.

This morning we had at least four vehicles entered at three different locations while parents were dropping their kids off at day care. The suspects smashed a window to gain quick access inside each of the vehicles.

Please make sure to lock your car and take items such as purses or wallets with you when you leave. Removing other valuables from plain sight or locking them in the trunk is also another effective deterrent.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

"I'd like to Order the Pick-Me-Up Flower Bouquet and a $300 VISA Gift Card, Please"

If you look closely at the photos we've presented below, you'll notice each one of the ladies is carrying a bouquet of flowers as they exit the store. What you don't see is the gift card they asked to be added to their floral order, usually in the amount of $200-$300.

They were able to order the items using someone else's credit card information, although how they got the info is still under investigation. The amounts on the flowers came to $127 while the total of the gift cards was over $1,500. We're wondering who the lucky recipient is for all those flowers.

In addition, the suspects in this case used the victim's credit card to rack up over $5,000 of charges at several other locations around Kansas City.

The photos and video are four different females who were caught on surveillance video picking up the flowers and the gift cards. We'd like to talk to them. There are also pictures of the vehicles in which they left.

If you can help investigators identify the suspects and/or suspect vehicles, please call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8767 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hard Work Results in a 283 Month Sentence for Sexual Offender

Well done Detective Wedel and to the many others who were involved in the investigation of Cody Lee Cooper. There were several reports and cases submitted on Mr. Cooper through the Overland Park Police Department.

He was sentenced on Monday, under a plea agreement, to 283 months in prison. 

For more information, see the official press release below which was issued yesterday by the Johnson County District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Photos Released of Suspect Vehicle in Mall Carjacking

On January 2nd, around 7:45 pm, officers were dispatched to a report of a robbery in the parking lot of Oak Park Mall. 

The victim said she was approached on foot by the suspect, who displayed a firearm and demanded the keys to her vehicle. The victim was not injured and the suspect left in her silver, four-door, Ford Focus with Missouri tags.

The suspect was described as a younger looking black male, approximately 5’8”, skinny build, wearing a black and red hooded sweatshirt and a black beanie. The suspect arrived in a dark colored four-door sedan. Both vehicles left on 95th St.

Please take a look at the photos below. The first silver vehicle belongs to the victim, but is being driven by suspect 1. The suspects arrived in the dark vehicle behind it

Anyone who might have witnessed this incident or has any information on the suspect is asked to call Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8750, or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Upcoming DUI SATURATION PATROL Friday 1/9/15

January 6, 2015
The Overland Park Kansas Police Department is conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday, January 9th.  It is the police department’s goal to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving within the community. 

The DUI Saturation Patrol will begin at 10:00 PM, and the enforcement will not end until 2:00 AM.  The Traffic Safety Unit will hold a briefing at the Myron E. Scafe Building, 8500 Antioch, Overland Park, KS prior to initiating the enforcement. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

They Took Them To Go

The holiday season was all hustle and bustle for most people and the same was true for those using all that shopping rush as a cover for stuff they shouldn’t be doing.  Thus was the story of two subjects involved in a “grab and run” style shoplifting incident on December 16, 2014 at one of our local shopping centers in 6700 block of 135th Street.  

They were in and out in a blink; taking with them over $1100 worth of merchandise.  Now we’d like your help trying to identify them.

The male and female in the attached pictures entered the business just before 7pm on the date referenced.  A store loss prevention officer observed them browse briefly through merchandise before the male grabbed approximately fifteen (15) North Face hooded sweat shirts from one of the hanging racks and ran from the store.  The female with him did not select anything, but followed the male out of the store.

The two left the scene in a waiting dark grey Chrysler 300, which appeared to have been driven by a third person.  The vehicle had tinted windows, what were described as custom style rims and displayed an unreadable temporary Missouri license plate.
Grab and run style crimes don’t always stay as a simple property crime.  These types of events happen with such haste that there is always a risk that an innocent shopper might be walking in while someone’s running out, or worse, driving out in a hurry.  Let’s see what we can do as a team to stop these two before something has a chance of ending like that.

Take a look at the pictures of these two.  Maybe you know who they are.  We’d like to know too.  We’re asking anyone with information on the identity of these individuals is asked to contact the Overland Park Police Department at Detective Byron Pierce at 913-535-3193.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Need Assistance Identifying the Owner of a K9 involved in a Bite Report

This morning around 9:30, officers were called to an area hospital in reference to a reported animal bite.  

The victim said she was attending a New Year's Eve Party at an apartment complex in the area of 87th and Grant Street when she was bitten by a loose dog.  The attack happened after she stepped outside the apartment and was approached by a brown and white dog (similar to a Bulldog) which ended up biting her without provocation.

Several people were able to pull the dog away from her and took it into a nearby apartment within the complex.  They did not provide the victim with any information regarding the owner of the dog.  

The 23 year-old victim was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

Anyone with information regarding the owner of this dog is asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at (913) 895-6300.