KCPD: Man breaks into costume shop, steals feathered jacket, goes for cocktails across the street

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sometimes you just need a drink.

KCPD officers said a man used a brick Thursday evening to shatter the window of a costume shop at 20th and Grand in the Crossroads District, then went to a nearby bar for a drink while wearing the costume.

As a waitress and bartender, Amanda Blancarte is used to seeing interesting folks every day, but what she witnessed Thursday night she calls surreal.

"I was looking out the window and I happened to turn my head to the guy and I see this guy run into a window," she said.

The thief took off with the costume, which included a yellow cape, that was part of a showgirl's costume rented by the shop for professional shoots.

When police officers arrived, the suspect was nowhere to be found. Until an hour later, when the costumed bandit showed up at the Cashew a few yards away from the crime scene.

"Everybody wanted to take pictures with him, he made the room really quiet. Everybody just watched him walk in," Blancarte said.

A brief chase ensued between the costume shop and the bar, according to local journalist Autumn MorningSky, who was at The Cashew bar nearby. She tweeted the events as they unfolded.






Autumn has posted video of the man's arrest.

The cape sustained only a few tears and dirt marks, but the owner isn't laughing.

"When you break a window and somebody get injured and items are stolen, that is not a joke," owner Steve Short said.

As of Friday afternoon, the suspect is still behind bars and no charges have been filed yet.

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