Three men charged in burglary of Overland Park police officer's house

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three burglars picked the wrong house to break into Wednesday morning.

The trio picked an Overland Park police officer's south Kansas City house.

The officer came home about 11:20 a.m. and found the gate to his fence open.

Once inside, the officer saw the back door open and heard two men talking in a back bedroom, according to court documents.

He left the house and called Kansas City police for help.

One of the burglars looked around the side of the house and seconds later, another burglar did the same thing, according to the court documents.

The officer pulled his gun and held  that man, 17-year-old Lorenzo Thomas, until officers arrived.

Other officers flooded into the area and found a second suspect, 20-year-old Darryl Donnegan, walking through nearby yards.

Officers saw Donnegan throw an object toward a stand of trees, the court documents state.

They found a handgun taken from the house that belonged to the officer.

The third suspect, Stephon Hightower, 17, was found a short time later.

Detectives found Hightower's car parked near the crime scene and a second stolen handgun under the deck of a nearby house.

All three men are charged with burglary and two counts of theft of a firearm.


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