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Parolee charged with burglarizing home of police chiefs

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Posted at 1:28 PM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 14:28:52-04

A man out on parole is accused of breaking into the home of two police chiefs.

Clay County prosecutors have charged Thomas Savage III, 19, with burglary and stealing.

On April 24, officers responded to the northland home of interim KCPD Chief David Zimmerman where he lives with his wife, Raymore Police Chief Jan Zimmerman.

According to court documents, David Zimmerman told officers when he returned home he saw his garage door open, the house's back door was damaged and the inside of his home had been ransacked.  

He also noticed someone had touched the driver's side door of his vehicle because there were fresh fingerprints on the driver's side window.

The following items were stolen:

1. A 55-inch Samsung television

2. A white Bose digital music system

3. A Commemorative Captains badge number

4. A Commemorative Captains badge number  

5. A Kansas City Missouri PD 25-year ring

6. A Kansas City Missouri PD 25-year ring

7. Several pieces of law enforcement collar brass

8. A wooden jewelry box containing items (9 through 19)

9. A Gold wedding/engagement ring

10. A Gold men's wedding band

11. A PREC and Diamond bracelet/pin

12. A Gold pendant

13. Gold diamond earrings

14. A 14kt gold mothers ring with three birth stones

15. A 14kt gold mothers ring with two birth stones

16. A .50 kt anniversary band

17. A Ladies Ruby diamond ring

18. 14ky 1/2ct dia pd trad hrt

19. A ladies sapphire ring

The following week the crime lab processed the evidence collected and Savage was identified as the one with the palm print on the car window, the probable cause statement says. A detective contacted Savage's probation officer, who stated Savage first reported to her in March.

Police discovered Savage had also allegedly committed another burglary on 11300 block of North Jefferson.  

According to the probable statement, cellphone records showed Savage in the area of the burglaries when they occurred.

Investigators arrested Savage on Wednesday; he denied any involvement in the burglaries to detectives.

His bond is set at $100,000.