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KC man charged with stealing panties

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

An apparent one-man, 30-pair panty raid has put a Kansas City resident in trouble with the law.

Robert L. Bailey, 22, stands accused of stealing 30 panties from a woman's apartment in a complex located on N. Congress Ave. in Platte County Thursday night.

A warrant was issued for Bailey's arrest on Tuesday. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, he had not been taken into custody. Judge Daniel Czamanske has set a $12,000 cash only bond, with a special condition that Bailey is to have no contact with the victim.

Both the suspect and victim are residents of the apartment complex. The suspect, according to court papers, shares an apartment with his sister.

Bailey is charged with a felony of burglary in the second degree. The charge accuses him of unlawfully entering an inhabitable structure for the purpose of committing stealing.

He also faces a misdemeanor charge for the act of stealing.

Kansas City police say the incident happened this way:

On Thursday, July 5, between 8 p.m. and midnight, the female's apartment was burglarized when someone forced open her locked main door, entered her apartment and stole 30 panties valued at a total of $180 and a sex toy valued at $10 from out of two drawers located in a closet in her bedroom. Nothing else of value was disturbed or taken, police say.

The victim told officers that earlier in the day while at the apartment complex swimming pool, a man had engaged her in conversation. She said she refused this man's request to date him and she eventually left the pool and returned to her apartment. A few moments later, she answered a knock at the door and found it was the man with whom she had spoken at the pool. After a brief conversation, she closed and locked the door.

Officers say an employee of the apartment complex saw the victim speaking with this man at the pool and recognized him as a relative of a tenant in the complex. Around 3 a.m. on Friday, July 6, officers went to where this man and his sister lived in the complex. Police say they found the door to the apartment not completely closed and latched.

No one answered the officers' knocks at the door and the apartment manager who was present with police suggested the apartment be entered and checked for the possibility of unauthorized persons. Before the officers checked the apartment, the lessee returned to her apartment and went inside with them.

Bailey was found asleep on the couch in his sister's apartment. According to court papers, when asked Bailey told the officers he kept his personal property in a bedroom and gave police permission to search. On top of a pile of clothes the officers saw a pair of women's yellow panties.

Bailey's sister told the officers the panties did not belong to her. A sex toy was also found in the pile of clothes. The victim later identified the panties and sex toy as hers and identified Bailey as the man who was talking to her at the swimming pool and whom she later saw at her apartment door.

The victim told police she does not personally know Bailey and had never seen him before that day. He has never been inside her apartment with her knowledge or consent, she told police.

If found guilty, Bailey could face up to seven years in prison for the burglary and one year for stealing.

Platte County Circuit Court records indicate the victim was granted an order of protection against Bailey on July 6, the day after the incident. The order was granted by Judge James Van Amburg and a court date on the matter has been set for July 17.

Records indicate that when authorities went to serve the court order to Bailey, they discovered he longer resided at his sister's apartment.


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