KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police busted a massive stolen property ring and are in the process of returning all of the property to its owners.
“There was property recovered that had been stolen from Kansas City, North Kansas City, Blue Springs, Overland Park, Kansas, and as far as Louisville, Kentucky, in regards to some professional tennis equipment. So, vast, vast range of folks who were victims,” KCPD Officer Donna Drake said.
Officers from the Metro Patrol Division served a search warrant Wednesday and found thousands of dollars worth of concert-quality audio equipment, vintage motorcycles, scuba diving gear, and construction equipment.
“The equipment was intended for the Breakthrough project, which helps the community and young children. Music, give them something to do after school, and for the STEM project that Travis Kelce has, that he’s trying to get people doing music, give kids an alternative something to do,” said Warfus Powell with Radio Central Coast.
Powell said he recently moved back from California because he wanted to give back to Kansas City. He planned to donate all that equipment to Operation Breakthrough, specifically the Ignition Lab, funded by Kelce’s 87 & Running Foundation.
“When he found out that we were going to have a multimedia program in the Ignition Lab, not only did he want to donate equipment but he wanted to find a way to mentor some of our high school students,” CEO and President of Operation Breakthrough Mary Esselman said.
But Powell said said someone broke into his business about three weeks ago and stole more than $200,000 worth of equipment. He said there’s still a lot of equipment missing, but he’s glad police were able to quickly recover the items they did.
“A lot of equipment is still missing, but the detectives did such a great job and such a fast job in locating some of the equipment, so at least the students and kids will still have music, something that they can play on, something to do after school,” Powell said.
Esselman and leaders at Operation Breakthrough are grateful, too, that the equipment was located and will soon be headed to the Ignition Lab.
“The number of lives it’s going to impact is pretty phenomenal,” Esselman said.
Police said this case is an example of why everyone needs to take steps to keep documentation on your property.
“When you have items, you want to make sure you take a photo. You can etch your initials in that property, take pictures and write the serial numbers down, that is what really, really helps us be able to track items,” Drake said.
Police said they are working to identify some of the owners of the property. Contact the police department if you believe some of it may belong to you.