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Police: Man's court-ordered GPS ankle bracelet links him to 34 Kansas City burglaries

Roy E. Samuels, 64, was tied to 34 home burglaries by the GPS device on his ankle bracelet, which he was required to wear while he was on parole for another burglary.
Roy E. Samuels, 64, was tied to 34 home burglaries by the GPS device on his ankle bracelet, which he was required to wear while he was on parole for another burglary.

A Kansas City man is charged with committing 34 residential burglaries after he was linked to the addresses by a GPS device he was wearing because he was on parole — for burglary.

When confronted by police, Roy E. Samuels, 64, denied involvement but said he could tell them where the stolen goods had been taken to be fenced. According to court records, police told him they already knew that because his GPS device had told them.

The burglaries occurred in Kansas City between July and September 2013.

Samuels’ daughter told police in April 2013 that he was committing burglaries after she was questioned about selling a stolen Kindle that she said she had received from him. Separately, a son-in-law of Samuels told police in June 2013 that Samuels was an active burglar.

In September 2013, police interviewed a woman who allegedly had forged a stolen check from one of the burglaries. She gave police a phone number for a man she knew as “Black.” The voice mail recording used the name “Roy,” and police traced the number to Samuels, court records said.

Police learned that Samuels had been on parole that summer for a burglary in Grandview. He had been required to wear an ankle bracelet with a GPS device that monitored his movements.

Court records say that information placed Samuels inside 34 residences where burglaries had been reported. The length of time spent inside those residences averaged 24 minutes.

In most cases, the victims returned home and found doors or windows forced open. Items stolen included electronics and guns. On one day, two neighboring residences in the 7600 block of Jefferson Street were burglarized.

Samuels is charged with one count of first-degree burglary, 33 counts of second-degree burglary and 26 counts of theft.

Prosecutors requested a cash bond of $250,000.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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