Surveillance video shows culprits using stolen car to burglarize other vehicles

Posted at 6:26 PM, Oct 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 19:26:55-04

OVERLAND PARK, Mo. -- Early Thursday morning a car was stolen from the Indian Creek neighborhood in Overland Park. 

Home surveillance video shows that same car, a Chevy Malibu, then being used in an auto burglary a few blocks over. 

The woman who lives in the home where the culprits burglarized the second vehicle caught the whole thing on a home surveillance camera. 

It shows two people pulling up in a car, one getting out and proceeding to open the car and take things out while the other stayed behind the wheel. 

Then the homeowner and her daughter came running out of their house towards the vehicle as the culprits drive away. 

It's the most recent car theft in an area that has had a string of vehicle thefts in just a few weeks.

Police said the culprits are concentrating on the Indian Creek neighborhood and the Shannon Valley neighborhood. 

A freeze frame of the surveillance video was posted on the Nextdoor app and the owner of the stolen Malibu recognized her car. 

Maria Canant says she was upset her car was stolen, but even more upset when she saw it was being used to commit crimes against her neighbors. 

"It just made everything feel unsafe in a neighborhood where we don’t worry about that kind of stuff," Canant said. 

Canant and her family had returned from vacation just hours before, around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

At that time her car and her husband's truck were both safely parked in the driveway. By the morning her vehicle was gone.

"Then around 8 o’clock when my daughter was supposed to go to school, she goes to get in the car… we’re still inside. She runs back in the house and says ‘Mommy, where’s your car? Your car’s gone,'" Canant said. "We ran outside and sure enough the car is gone. It’s a bizarre feeling.”

Overland Park police say this is the sixth car stolen from these neighborhoods in just a few weeks. 

They're asking neighbors to speak up and stay aware.  

"Look out the window, if you see something that doesn’t fit or you’re wondering ‘okay what is this person doing walking around at 2 o’clock’ call us," John Lacy, spokesman for the Overland Park Police Department, said. 

Canant said she now feels uneasy in her neighborhood and in her house. 

“We know they have our garage door opening in there and it’s a whole other level of uneasiness and it’s hitting us that they could’ve gotten inside," she said. 

The family has bolted the garage door shut to increase security and is hopeful the vehicle will turn up in a few days. 

Overland Park police had already increased patrols in the neighborhoods before this most recent theft.

They said they will be adding more and saturating the neighborhood to ensure they find who is responsible for these crimes.