OP thieves snatching up cars, department store merchandise

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Police in Overland Park are looking for thieves responsible for stealing at least one car in Johnson County and more than $1,000 worth of merchandise at an area department store.

One Johnson County mom, who does not want to be identified, lost more than $700 in the two minutes she stepped away from her rental car while it was running.

"I heard a car take off really fast and I turned around and my car was driving down the street," she said.

She ended up having to pay a $500 deductible for her rental car. She also lost very personal documents.

"I had my tax information which has my social security number on it and my son's car seat and all my school books," she said.

Police said the people responsible for taking her car may also be habitual shoplifters. On February 2, two white males entered Kohl's at 115th and Metcalf.  Each of them selected new shoes, put their old shoes in the box and walked out of the store. Surveillance cameras in the parking lot caught them leaving in the stolen auto from January 28.

In the last incident on February 7, one of the suspects entered the same Kohl's store wearing the same stolen shoes and, along with a female suspect, stuffed merchandise into a shopping bag, leaving it for another suspect to pick up.

The second male then entered the store, grabbed the staged merchandise and left without attempting to pay for the items which are valued at more than $1,000. All three fled in silver Ford Expedition with Missouri tags.

The vehicle failed to stop for officers when they arrived on scene and was last seen heading north on Metcalf at a high rate of speed.

Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects is asked to contact the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

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