Two men confront Briarcliff area burglar; nearly run over when suspect flees

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One burglar, two different confrontations – as two men say the same suspect tried to run them over with his getaway car.

Police say the incidents are part of a bigger string of half-a-dozen burglaries targeting the Briarcliff neighborhood in the Northland.

It was just after midnight when Bill Wagoner heard a loud noise that woke him up. He got out of bed and walked down a hill behind his house to investigate.

That’s when he discovered a burglar had thrown a brick into a car window in his neighbor’s driveway and was searching for things to steal.

“I said, ‘So what do you think you’re doing?’” Bill recalled.

He confronted who appeared to be a teenager, and the suspect started talking back.

“And this fellow unpeeled himself out of the car real fast. He was about 18 years old, young kid, and started saying things to me that were not very polite, lots of words with four letters in them.”

He continued, “Part of it was, ‘What are you looking at? What are you looking at? And I remember I said, ‘Well I guess I’m looking at you,’ and then I had my cell phone and I went click.”

Bill snapped a picture of the suspect's car and within seconds, the suspect tried to run him over.

“So I’m standing there and he just gunned it and took out that mailbox,” Bill said.

It was a close call Mike, who lives a few blocks away, experienced for himself when that same burglar headed for his house minutes later.

“I just yelled and he ran out of the garage,” Mike said of catching the criminal stealing items out of his wife’s car. “I chased him through the yard and he got in his car and took off.”

When Mike tripped, the suspect nearly backed over him with his car, drove a little way down the street, then got out to yell at him.

“It`s like, did he just do that?” Mike said. “I mean, he got away. Why is he stopping and yelling at me? It was bizarre.”

Police say the two break-ins are among half-a-dozen in the Briarcliff neighborhood. The suspect is gaining entry into houses by breaking windows or through open garages.

“Of course you feel violated,” Mike said. “I don’t know what to make of it, it’s sad, is what it is… That people just want to come home and feel safe and then in the end, you have people out there who want to ruin that for everybody.”

Mike said his tight-knit community is now tired of being targeted.

“Think about what you’re doing,” Mike wants to say to the burglar. “If life is so bad that you have to take from other people, maybe you need to look at what you’re doing with your own life and figure out how you can change it.”

Police describe the suspect as a white man, around 18 years old. They believe he is driving a stolen maroon Toyota Camry or Mitsubishi Eclipse.

If you've seen him, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.