The Prairie Village police department has put out a press release on this morning’s thwarted burglary. (KCTV 5 has a good description of the events with some additional information here). Captain Tim Schwartzkopf of the Prairie Village police said in an email that the department couldn’t confirm at this time that the suspects arrested on Tuesday were the culprits in the string of burglaries that prompted a Code Red call in September, but that detectives were investigating whether there is a connection. Here’s the release:
On November 23, 2010, at approximately 8:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 76th and Belinder on a reported burglary in progress. A witness had observed the burglary, called 911, and followed the suspects. Responding officers saw the suspect vehicle fleeing the area, and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit ended in the area of 64th and Delmar where three suspects fled from the vehicle. Officers apprehended one suspect immediately, and the other two remained at large.
Due to the proximity of nearby schools, lockdowns were conducted at Indian Hills Middle School, Prairie Elementary, Highlands Elementary, and at the Village Church. A Code Red message was sent out advising residents of the situation and the suspect’s description. Officers from surrounding agencies were called to assist, and Leawood’s K-9 unit responded and assisted with the search for the suspects. One suspect was tracked down and apprehended by the K-9 unit. The other suspect was apprehended after a resident who had heard the Code Red message, observed the suspect in a nearby back yard.
The suspects are all from Kansas City Missouri, ages 18, 19, and 24, and will be booked into the Johnson County Detention Center to await charges.
We’ll try to track down booking photos from the Johnson County DA’s office tomorrow.