Two teens detained in connection with theft
Two 16-year-olds from Olathe were detained early Thanksgiving morning, after construction materials were stolen from Basehor.
According to Basehor police Detective Lloyd Martley, Johnson County sheriff's officers stopped the two youths, after seeing their car driving 35 mph in a 65 mph zone. The driver appeared to have difficulty controlling the vehicle, which was towing a trailer loaded with lumber and other materials. The car was stopped about 3:40 a.m. Thursday on Kansas Highway 7 in Johnson County.
The two were taken to the Juvenile Detention Center in Leavenworth.
Martley said the theft occurred from a home under construction in Metzger Meadows, at 157th Street and Leavenworth Road.
The stolen goods, which were valued on a police report at $350, were returned to their owner, Martley said. Among the items taken were 31 2-by-4's and six sheets of flooring material.
Martley said that although thefts and break-ins at construction sites had been a significant problem in the Basehor area in the past, the number of incidents reported had slowed considerably. He encouraged builders to lock up materials, when possible, and area residents to call police if they notice something unusual.
"At 3 o'clock in the morning, somebody shouldn't be loading a trailer at a construction site," Martley said.