KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police often remind you to lock your doors and windows to help prevent someone from breaking into your home. But how often do you think about blocking your doggie door, if you have one?
Detectives believe that's how one man broke into a number of homes on both sides of the state line.
Leawood, Kan., and Prairie Village, Kan., police noticed a number of burglary reports in late January to mid-February. Across the state line, detectives from south patrol in Kansas City, Mo., noticed the same thing. The problem was, only a couple of the burglaries were through unlocked doors, the others were a mystery, until a KCPD detective remembered an old case.
"One of the detectives working in our squad for past five years remembered a similar set of burglaries back in 2008 where the subject was entering houses through rear windows, unlocked back doors and pet doors." explained Det. Michael Helvie.
Detectives quickly put two-and-two together and ran the name of the original suspect, the name Raymond Dorsey popped up. Dorsey has a lengthy history of breaking into homes and stealing cars dating back to 2006. He has several convictions, but kept getting let out. The latest release date, Jan. 18. Detectives decided to set up surveillance and eventually trapped him in a Leawood home.
"He attempted to come out the back, saw the officers, ran back into the house", said Leawood Det. Jason Ahring.
Officers chased him through the houses and eventually caught him in the garage. A mother, father and three kids were all asleep in the home at the time. They were rattled, but thankful police were there.
Dorsey is in the Johnson County jail facing several charges in Kansas. Kansas City, Mo., police plan on filing several of their own in the near future.