OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - What looks like another crime of opportunity in Overland Park has police continuing their investigation into several auto burglaries and now an auto theft.
In late June, at least eight unlocked cars had been rummaged through by thieves who stole electronics. In one of those cases, a car was set on fire. Now, one Overland Park man is lamenting the loss of his items and the time needed to rectify the situation..
"My loss isn't in just the stuff, it's the time I'll spend trying to get this worked out,” Ron said.
Ron asked that we not use his last name, but he said he woke up last Wednesday morning to his car gone and his garage door open. He said he doesn’t remember if he left the door open or not.
The 2001 Toyota Tundra was found at a pay-by-the-month motel in Kansas City, Kan. Police eventually got in touch with Ron. He saw the damages for the first time Tuesday. The truck was not in good shape. The two front tires were slashed, the camper shell was ripped off and even the handle on the tailgate was missing.
But that’s not the worst of it. That truck had 20 years worth of tools in the back.
"Air compressors, nail guns, chop saws, all kinds of tools of the trade," he said.
He used them for his livelihood, his remodeling business.
"This is what's left of $8,000 worth of my equipment: A nail punch. A buck and a quarter," Ron said.
The truck still runs, but his young grandson had other concerns.
"So the first thing he said to me when he found out the truck was recovered, 'Papa, did they find the chipmunk?'” he said.
The toy he kept on the dash for his grandson was gone too.
"You think you are safe. You live in a nice neighborhood, people are everywhere without a conscience and this is the result," he said.
Ron said he is now thinking this could be the right time to retire. Overland Park Police did make four arrests Tuesday related to two separate car burglary incidents .
Police said today it's too soon to know if those suspects are related to this most recent theft.