Kansas City police arrested a married couple along with third suspect Monday night after officers saw them lurking near a vacant building that had a hole cut in its side.
Next to the building, police found a bag of tools commonly used for burglaries, including a wrench, saw and flashlights. Inside the building, police found a battery and a catalytic converter with fresh cut marks.
It all started about 8:10 p.m., when an officer saw a car parked in the 7500 block of East 17th Street — an industrial area that’s recorded a rise in burglaries and thefts recently. Police found a 33-year-old woman in the car “as if she was sleeping,” police said. Police later noticed two men had appeared from the side of a building. One of the men was married to the woman in the car. Officers re-traced the men’s steps and found the building with a hole cut into its metal siding.
The couple lives in Raytown and has been married since 1997. Their marriage license application shows his education stopped after ninth grade, but she completed high school and one year of college.
Detectives said they were trying to determine who owned the catalytic converter and battery before pursuing charges.