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Ball equipment stolen from high school

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

Three males from Lincoln, Neb. have been charged in connection with taking softball equipment from an equipment shed behind the Platte County High School.

Two of those charged are age 17, the other is a juvenile. The 17-year-olds facing charges are Ian Knopp and Jeffry Tate. Each is charged with one count of felony burglary in the second degree and one count of misdemeanor stealing.

The name of the juvenile cannot be released by authorities.

At about 5 a.m. last Thursday, Platte City Police Officer Jason Carnes responded to a call of suspicious persons. Carnes located the three males and discovered the juvenile was a runaway from Lincoln, Neb. Carnes also discovered softball equipment and some drug paraphernalia in their vehicle, and all three were brought to the police station for questioning.

It was learned the three had left Lincoln at about 1 a.m. that morning. One of them reportedly has relatives in Platte City.

Police contacted the school to see if softball equipment had been reported missing. It was then school officials discovered that a padlocked equipment shed behind the high school had been broken into and about $700 worth of softball equipment had been taken.

Police Chief Bill Massock said all three suspects eventually admitted they had broken into the shed and taken the equipment. The parents of the juvenile eventually arrived to take him back to Lincoln.

The juvenile said the drug paraphernalia belonged to him. He will be dealt with by the juvenile services system, Massock said.