Multiple thieves attempted to burglarize
Classic Auto Sales last Wednesday night in Tracy.
Around 8:30 p.m. the suspects were
caught in the act when Hank Martens, a salesman
and brother of owner Tom Martens, noticed the outdoor
lights were turned off and decided to inspect the
The Platte County Sheriffs
Department assisted Tracy police in the burglary.
They were interrupted, so
they didnt get away with anything, but that
didnt stop them, said Capt. Frank Hunter
of the sheriff's department. They headed west
on Hwy. 92 and proceeded to attempt robbing a similar
business in Leavenworth.
Two black males, and possibly a
third, were spotted at the scene. They allegedly
entered the building through a small window. According
to Beth Taulbee, a Tracy police officer, the black
males used two vehicles at the crime scene. One
vehicle was already loaded with merchandise such
as tire rims, a plasma television, computers, and
air conditioners. When Martens walked in on them,
they fled on foot.
There were at least two males
and possibly three, Taulbee said. One
of the men was observed by the witness to have a
silver hand gun, which the suspect dropped and then
retrieved. The perimeter of the business was surrounded
by county officers and highway patrol that conducted
a building search and found nothing.
There is no damage estimate, but
the suspects vandalized three separate buildings
at the Tracy business. They broke into one, opened
the garage of another, and tried to pry open a window
of the third structure. When the suspects were discovered
by Martens, one man exited through a plate glass
window in the front of the business.
Fingerprints were found at the scene
and the suspects were seen trying to burglarize
another business nearby in Leavenworth. One person
of interest was arrested in Leavenworth, and presumably
has ties to the Tracy break-in.