Burglaries continue to plague Pendleton Heights

By LESLIE COLLINS
Northeast News
March 20, 2013

 

Above is a screenshot from a home surveillance video of one of the burglary suspects.

Burglaries continue to plague the Pendleton Heights neighborhood and the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) is seeking the public’s help in identifying one of the suspects.

In January, burglars broke into two vacant homes to steal copper and in February, four homes were burglarized. March has been one of the worst months, where KCPD noted an uptick in activity. Two burglaries occurred on March 3 and a burglary occurred on March 8, 10 and 11. All of the homes targeted in March were resident-occupied, but the residents weren’t home when the burglaries occurred.

“It looks like their focus is on electronics and computers,” Central Patrol Community Interaction Officer Jim Schriever told Northeast News.

Detective Laura Snapp of Central Patrol added the suspects are targeting small, portable electronics, like laptops.

In March, suspects gained entry by breaking the windows of three homes and by kicking in the door of two other homes. At one Pendleton Heights home on Elma, KCPD found three separate sets of footprints on the door.

“We’ve had prints collected from two of the scenes. We’re always hoping those come back to somebody,” Snapp said.

However, analyzing prints from a property crime sometimes takes up to three months since it’s not a violent crime, she said.

In the mean time, KCPD is tracking individuals recently released from jail and those known for committing crimes, she said. In addition, Central Patrol is working with East Patrol to identify similar break-in patterns and possible burglary suspects.

“It’s frustrating for us, too, because we want to catch the person that’s doing it. It’s frustrating because there can be a lot of different people that could be suspects,” Snapp said.

KCPD is working the recent rash of break-ins in Pendleton Heights as a pattern. Most of the burglaries have occurred during the middle of the day or during the evening hours.

A home surveillance system captured video of one of the suspects in March, a black male wearing a blue hat and gray hoodie. Witnesses reported seeing three black males dressed in sweat jackets, one red, one gray and one green, leaving the scene running east. Some stolen items were discovered behind Snyder’s Supermarket on Independence Avenue. If you recognize the pictured suspect or have any information regarding these crimes, please call the Central Patrol Division’s Property Crimes Unit, (816) 234-5515. If you see the suspect, call 911 immediately.

Asked how residents can keep their homes safe, Snapp said, “If they’re willing to invest in an alarm, we always recommend that.”

Residents should also write down the serial numbers, makes and models of their electronics, since KCPD employs a pawn shop detective who gives updated lists of stolen items to area pawn shops on a daily basis.

In addition, if you’re planning on being away overnight or over the weekend, notify your neighbors and let them know what vehicles may be in the driveway.

Snapp also suggested investing in motion sensor lighting and keeping shrubbery neatly trimmed to prevent suspects from using it as a hiding place.

“Don’t ever be afraid to call 911 if it’s a car or person that’s normally not on that street because it doesn’t hurt to have us check it out,” Snapp said.

 

 

 

 

Comments are closed.

  • KCPS gets chance to impress DESE with James Elementary tour

    December 1st, 2016
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News December 1, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – James Elementary was one of three buildings in […]


    Mural installation at Scarritt Elementary almost finished

    December 1st, 2016
    by

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News December 1, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Northeast News caught up with Kansas City […]


    Robbery suspect dies after officer-involved shooting

    November 30th, 2016
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News November 30, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A Kansas City, Missouri police officer shot and […]


    Northeast home destroyed by fire set for emergency demolition

    November 30th, 2016
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News November 30, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A Northeast home destroyed by an early-morning fire […]


    Pendleton Flats development ready to start renovations

    November 30th, 2016
    by

      By Paul Thompson Northeast News November 30, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The planned $4.8 million renovation of the […]


  • Pendleton Heights Homes Tour set for this weekend

    November 30th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News November 30, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The community is invited to Pendleton Heights this Saturday, December 3, […]


    Local organizations hoping for a boost on #GivingTuesday

    November 29th, 2016
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News November 29, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Five years ago, #GivingTuesday was launched as a […]


    MARC announces millions in future infrastructure improvements for Northeast

    November 25th, 2016
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News November 25, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Northeast residents will have to be patient, but […]


    Kansas City embraces the spirit of Thanksgiving

    November 25th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News November 25, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – This Thanksgiving, some in the community went above and beyond to […]


    Jerusalem Farm working to repair the community

    November 23rd, 2016
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News November 23, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – What’s the best way to build community relationships […]


  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    Cemetery vaults held waiting bodies in historic cemetery

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News November 30, 2016 In 1888 when the Forest Hill Cemetery was incorporated, it lay outside […]

    retorts illustrated bryan stalder

    Northeast News November 30, 2016

    The Good Knight

    Northeast News November 23, 2016 The dog was saddened late last week to learn of the passing of a Northeast […]