Teens charged with stealing Mercedes, guns and more from Briarcliff homes

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two teens were charged on Friday with stealing multiple Mercedes and guns from multiple Briarcliff homes.

Gabriel Mendez, 18, and Thai Tran, 17, both of Kansas City, were charged in Clay County with first-degree burglary and theft.

According to court documents, Mendez and Tran entered a home and stole  five handguns, 200 rounds of ammunition,  along with a 2013 and 2015 Mercedes-Benz vehicles, while the Northland victims were home. Together all the items are valued at $122,000.

Prosecutors say a few days later, Mendez and Tran entered another home through an 18-inch gap that had been left in between the overhead garage door and the pavement so the family dog could come in and out. This burglary was captured on surveillance video by the neighbor across the street. According to court documents, while inside the home Mendez and Tran stole the key to a Mercedes-Benz, a garage door opener, Wii video game, cash and a hover board.

That same night, Mendez and Tran burglarized a third home prosecutors say by using the garage door opener left in victim’s vehicle parked in the driveway. Court documents say the teens took a beats speaker system, Wii, PlayStation 2, and five pairs of shoes.

On April 28, KCPD conducted undercover surveillance in the Briarcliff neighborhood where burglaries were reported. Police eventually stopped and arrested Mendez and Tran at about 3 a.m. The suspects’ car included many of the items that were stolen, including a signed Roy Williams basketball.

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