have suspects in gun incidents
On April 28, shots rang out on Gates Drive West
in Platte City as a resident of the neighborhood
returned home at around 11 p.m.
Caught in the crossfire, the windshield on the
1995 Ford F-150 was impacted and cracked at exactly
eye level. Thankfully, the bullet later
determined to be a BB didnt break
the safety glass on the trucks windshield
and the driver, a 36-year-old Platte City man,
was safe. Aside from the damage to the windshield,
the resident didnt suffer anything more
than a scare.
This was not the first time the area had complained
of a BB gun related shooting. Nearly one month
earlier, a resident of the area had complained
to Platte City Police about their windows being
shot out with BB pellets. Platte City Police were
already aware of the problem. Thats because
the west side of the Platte City Civic Center
a building that the police themselves operate
out of had two of their windows shot up.
And last week, one of their parked squad cars
You can tell by looking at them because
(the marking is) consistent every time,
said Sgt. Dennis Trabue of the Platte City Police
Department. (The shooter or shooters have)
been active. Weve been keeping our eyes
open for BB guns because its going to be
kids that have them.
The problem escalates
A miniature crime wave spread through south Platte
City over the weekend as residents on Wilson Drive
repeated claims that the police have heard from
residents from Wilson to Myers Drive: their car
had been broken into and shot with a paintball
gun. Four cars were rummaged through in the area,
their doors and rear fenders splattered with purple,
green and yellow paintballs in each instance.
The situation turned deadly serious on May 2
at Wilson Drive: the owner of a black sport utility
vehicle reported that a loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson
revolver was stolen out of his vehicle.
According to police, the vehicle which
was unlocked and had the keys still in the ignition
also had a shotgun in the backseat, which
was not stolen. Burglars also stole $17 dollars
of cash out of his wallet (also left in the unlocked
vehicle) but left his credit cards and identification.
They also took the keys to the vehicle. The victim
of the theft told police that he had always
done that and had never had a problem before.
There is a problem now.
The 9mm carries a clip that has 15 rounds, and
is listed as a semi-automatic weapon.
Luckily, Platte City Police have two suspects
and are hoping to make an arrest and recovery
of the weapon as The Landmark goes to press. In
addition, The Landmark has learned that one of
the suspects was allegedly spotted leaving the
scene of the crime on a skateboard, which may
explain why the unwieldy shotgun wasnt stolen
For Platte City, already worried about the proliferation
of skateboarders in the downtown area, the problem
seems to underscore Platte City Police Chief Joe
McHales concerns as presented to the citys
aldermen at last weeks meeting of the board.
There, McHale complained that skateboarders were
destroying public property and he outlined plans
to increase enforcement and fines for skateboarders
in the downtown area.
McHale acknowledged that the suspects had been
shooting everything up under the sun but
said that the department was close to resolving
Were gonna get these guys,