Two juveniles taken into custody in connection with KCMO home burglary
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A southeast neighborhood is surprised by a search for two burglars as several officers combed through their yards.
Two juveniles are in police custody Tuesday after a home burglary sparks a manhunt.
Specially trained police canine units searched yards between East 103rd Terrace and Interstate 470 after police received a call about a burglary in progress. As officers rushed into the neighborhood, they saw two suspects running away.
“I was in my kitchen washing dishes and I just happened to see all the cops,” neighbor Lisa Pierce said. “I was like to my daughter, ‘Be careful there’s something going on around here. There’s a bunch of cops on the block.'”
Neighbors say the area has a history of break-ins, because many of the homes have sheds and other outbuildings that prove to be tempting targets for thieves.
“I’m not really safe because they have broken into my house three times too,” neighbor Martha Cochran said.
After cordoning off a large area in this neighborhood police did take one suspect into custody.
A short time later, police made another arrest while searching a wooded area nearby. Officers say both suspects are juveniles. Neighbors were not surprised by the news saying previous thefts have been tied to teens.
“Sometimes it’s only just a little group that see that they can do these things,” neighbor Annie Brown said. “They watch the block see if people are at home and so forth.”
With a mix of retired folks and working people, those living in the area say they are careful to keep their doors locked and look out for one another.