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Kansas City police investigate string of safe, locked cabinet burglaries in Waldo area

Waldo safe burglaries
Posted at 9:51 PM, Oct 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-04 17:18:45-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department is investigating a string of locked cabinets and safe burglaries in the Waldo area.

KCPD said it's been notified of at least four break-ins to businesses along Wornall Road.

“They’ve probably been in there and knew where to go,” said Steve Holle, founder of the KC Bier Company. “They could have been in here less than five minutes. Running a small business is kind of like that — not a lot of things that go the way you want them, but we will keep moving forward.”

The thieves went straight for the saf, according to Holle.

“They stole a few thousand dollars,” he said. “The cost to replace the doors was more than the money they stole out of the safe.”

KC Bier Company and three other businesses along Wornall Road have suffered damage in the recent burglaries.

“My office looks over 79th Street, and there’s a vacant lot across the street," Holle said. "I had noticed somebody left a cooler in the lot across the street. It was a safe. Apparently, somebody took a safe and they dumped it out there.”

The owners at Auto Now believe the safe found by Holle belongs to them after finding the safe's keypad dumped in nearby grass.

Auto Now said there was nothing in the safe, but the damage was done.

Kelsey Morgan, with 5th Avenue Cleaners, reported a similar burglary.

“I didn’t even know the door could be kicked like that,” she said. “I’m just glad they didn’t get anything.”

In response to the burglary, Holle said KC Bier Company has made some adjustments.

“Our safe is now bolted down,” he said. “A gentleman did find the content of our safe in a dumpster in Westport off the (Country Club) Plaza.”

KCPD said it's investigating how the incidents are connected.

“Hopefully, they catch them,"Morgan said. "They are making more problems and damage for everyone around here."