Husband and wife sentenced in Platte County home, piggy bank theft

PLATTE CITY, Mo. - Stephen and Amy Hamer were like any married couple. They liked to do things together. One thing they did as a couple landed them prison sentences.

Stephen Hamer, 33, was sentenced Friday to 26 years after guilty pleas to burglary and stealing charges.

Amy Hamer, 38, received 15 years in prison after a jury found her guilty last month of burglary.

The Hamers came up with a scheme to lure a man from his home so Stephen could break in and steal things, according to a news release from the Platte County Prosecutor's Office.

The crime happened Nov. 15, 2011, when Amy told the victim her boyfriend kicked her out of his truck and she needed a ride, the release states.

Amy sent text messages that said "gone" and "now" when she conned the man into the ride, according to the release.

Stephen broke into the house, grabbed jewelry and large amounts of coins that belonged to the victim's children.

Law officers later found the stolen jewelry at a St. Joseph pawn shop.

"These defendants took advantage of one man's kind nature, luring him out of his home by claiming to need assistance while they burglarized his home,'' Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a statement. "This sentence sends a clear message that taking advantage of a Good Samaritan and stealing money from children will be met with a lengthy prison sentence.''

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