KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An Overland Park, Kan., police officer returned home during the noon hour Wednesday to find three burglars inside his south Kansas City house. The officer managed to stop one and hold him until help arrived. Police arrested two others and recovered a stolen firearm, thanks to a quick response.
The break-in happened near 113th Terrace and Greenbrier. It's in the same police patrol district where there's been a rash of firearm thefts from law enforcement vehicles. But so far, investigators are saying they don't think this house was targeted because it's a police officer's home.
Thieves made the mistake of breaking into a police officer's house when he was returning home. The officer's call for help brought a surge of law enforcement resources into the neighborhood, where three men quickly were taken into custody.
The homeowner stopped one of them. The other two ran, but thanks to sharp-eyed neighbors like Nola Wood, they didn't get very far.
"I looked out my kitchen window and saw a young man running through the yard, looking behind himself, and hopping the fence," Wood said. "I was able to get a good look at him and it was obviously suspicious activity."
Police are concerned that officers' homes are being targeted in a recent rash of firearm thefts. And detectives say one of the suspects had a firearm stolen from the home in his possession when cops arrested him. They say some electronics, including an iPad, also were taken.
"There may be one other weapon missing," said Sgt. Rod Gentry, KCPD's south patrol property crimes supervisor. "They're trying to locate that now."
Gentry says it doesn't appear that this break-in is connected to other recent firearm thefts from law enforcement vehicles parked outside officers' homes. But it's a possibility they will check.
Gentry calls it "dumb luck" thieves managed to stumble upon firearms here, but also bad luck for them that the officer arrived home when he did.
Police say it appears the burglars forced open a back door to get in the home. All three suspects remain in custody while the investigation continues.