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11-12-2014

Pickers gets picked
by burglars
Two suspects arrested

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

At least two people allegedly gained entry into an antique mall in rural Platte City last week.

Prosecutors have charged Chelsea A. Thompson, 22, Kansas City, and Stephen J. Johnson, 24, Kansas City, with a class C felony of burglary in the second degree.

An alarm system was triggered around 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at W.D. Pickers Antique Mall along Hwy. 371. When police arrived at the scene, they noticed the structure had been burglarized and soon noticed a pickup truck leaving the scene through a field.

Police pursued the suspects as they entered onto Interstate 29, headed in the opposite direction of traffic. After traveling southbound in the northbound lanes, the driver turned off the interstate. Two of the suspects fled the vehicle on foot and a third suspect, identified as Stephen Johnson, was immediately taken into custody.

Approximately five hours later, police apprehended Chelsea Thompson near Highway N and Farley Hampton Road.
While being questioned by authorities, Thompson apparently admitted to smoking a pipe of meth and driving around aimlessly. When they arrived at the crime scene, Thompson told authorities she did not exit the vehicle. When the two males returned to the vehicle, they boasted a “fluffy” coat, she said.

Police allegedly found an 1886 US Morgan silver dollar on one of the suspects and a 1923 Peace silver dollar on the floorboard of the truck.

Police did not locate the other male allegedly involved in the incident.

Court documents reveal the door to the antique mall suffered severe damage. Evidence suggests the glass door was struck by the bumper of the truck.

Judge Ann Hansbrough set their bonds at $10,000. The judicial system has provided both defendants with public defender applications. They are scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on Nov. 18.