A Platte City, Mo. man remains in custody at the Platte County Detention Center after confessing to a pair of recent car break-ins. Dane Greathouse, 31, told Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department investigators he was high on drugs when he took items from a pair of vehicles on the night of Sunday, Jan. 3, according to court documents. Both crimes were committed outside residences just off NW Barry Rd. near Congress Middle School.
Greathouse stands charged with one felony count and one misdemeanor count of theft and is being held in lieu of a $10,000 cash-only bond.
According to a probable cause statement, officers responded to a call of a theft from a vehicle at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The victim said her unlocked Ford Explorer had been ransacked with an air mattress stolen, and home security footage showed a white male exit a 2001 Ford F-150 truck. He attempted to gain entry to one vehicle before taking the air mattress out of the Explorer.
At about 4 a.m. early the next morning, the same officer noticed a vehicle that looked like the suspect’s truck. He conducted a traffic violation stop, and while approaching the vehicle noticed the air mattress box in the bed of the truck.
The occupant, identified as Greathouse, was taken into custody.
A check of the vehicle located a duffel bag containing an Apple iPad and various clothing items. Those were determined to have been taken from a truck outside a nearby residence, according to court documents.
Under interrogation later in the day, Greathouse admitted to the crimes, while stating he had been on illicit drugs at the time. He also signed a confession.