KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Detectives in Kansas City are investigating a string of auto thefts after a man admitted to them he had been in at least two different vehicles before crashing a third. As it stands, James Bovee, 27, has been charged with one count of first-degree robbery after he stole a Lexus at 54th Terrace and Holmes, only to crash it into a utility pole one block north of the original location on July 30, according to court records.
There are multiple investigations into other incidents involving Bovee, but only one charge has been filed to date.
After Bovee was arrested, he told investigators that he had drank half a gallon of gin starting the morning of the incident and continued to drink when he allegedly stole the first car. He said his memory was completely impaired past the fact that he remembered he had been in two other vehicles prior to his crash and arrest.
Before he crashed the Lexus, he allegedly accosted the driver at 54th Terrace by banging on the passenger side window and intimating with his body language that he had a gun. The victim told police that he opened an unlocked door on the passenger side and entered the vehicle. The victim said he tried to flee and eventually got out of the car to yell for help when a struggle ensued.
He said that Bovee wrestled the keys away from him and started the Lexus, putting it in reverse, while the victim held on to a part of the vehicle. Court documents said that the victim was dragged for a few feet and flung back. Bovee then sped away only to hit a utility pole a block away.
Bovee was treated by EMS at the scene on 54th Street and Holmes and later at an area hospital for serious injuries. The victim identified Bovee by the jersey he was wearing as the man that had accosted him and stole his vehicle.
Prosecutors requested a bond of $150,000 but online court records show that his bond has been set at $250,000. He was formally arraigned on Thursday morning.