Two more individuals charged with breaking into cars in Platte City area

Two more individuals have been charged in connection with a rash of car break-ins reported in Platte City area subdivisions this past summer. According to court documents, Tyson Campbell and Logan Riley — both 17-year-olds from Excelsior Springs, Mo. — face one count each of misdemeanor stealing after further investigation determined their potential involvement in the crimes. Late last month, Stephanie McKinzie, 19, of Kearney, Mo. was charged with a felony count of stealing.

The three were linked to the crimes after allegedly using one of the victim’s debit card to make a purchase at Platte City’s Gas Mart USA on Aug. 7.

In speaking with convenience store employees and the Excelsior Springs Police Department, Campbell, Riley and McKinzie were identified as the individuals using the debit card. Surveillance video at the Gas Mart shows a white sedan enter the store’s parking lot at approximately 1:15 a.m. with McKinzie driving and Riley and Campbell as passengers.

According to court documents, Campbell steals items from the front counter while the employee’s attention is diverted. The individuals pay for a drink and leave.

Video surveillance from a resident in the Seven Bridges subdivision shows the same sedan pull onto Alder Court with the lights turned off at around 2:37 a.m. Two subjects exit the vehicle and leave the camera’s view, and one of the subjects is seen entering a vehicle in a driveway, removing money and walking away.

About 45 minutes later, the vehicle returned to the Gas Mart, and McKinzie used a card stolen from a vehicle broken into in the Hills of Oakmont subdivision to purchase gas and other items.

Two days later, Excelsior Springs police arrested McKinzie in the suspect vehicle and recovered items stolen during the larcenies, reported to have occurred near Platte City between July 21 and Aug. 7. According to court documents, the wallet and driver’s license of the fraudulently used card were found during a search of the Chevrolet Impala. Items from reported thefts in Caldwell and Ray counties were also found.

Under questioning, McKinzie implicated herself and Campbell and Riley in the car break-ins. She remains in custody at the Platte County Detention Center in lieu of a $25,000 cash-only bond.