A casino thief struck Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa, but he didn’t take anything that had to do with money or chips.
Douglas Lee Conkling, 49, is accused of stealing brass fire connection caps from the emergency valves throughout the hotel on Jan. 28.
He has a felony stealing charge levied against him in Platte County. At the time of the arrest, he admitted to Missouri State Highway Patrol Gaming Division officers he had done the same thing at Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kan., and was facing a charge for that in Wyandotte County.
According to court documents, Conklin entered the hotel stairwell and opened the fire protection panels located at the landing at each staircase. The cost to replace the stolen caps was $876.
Conkling returned to the casino on Feb. 16 and was on the gaming floor when the surveillance department recognized him and called the authorities. MSHP made contact with Conkling in a restroom at the casino.
In an interview with authorities, Conkling said he had fallen on hard times and knew he made a mistake.
A warrant was served on April 30 and he has a $2,500 cash only bond and a condition is not to enter any location where gambling is allowed.
Bradley facing charges
A Kansas City man has developed a pattern of being in court for related offenses — the latest occurred on March 19 in the 200 block of Garrison Ave in Ferrelview.
Zachary D. Bradley, 29, is facing a felony unlawful use of a weapon after an argument with the mother of his child at his apartment complex.
Bradley sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle as the two discussed his drug use and child custody issues, according to court documents. An argument ensued and Bradley pulled a black handgun from his pocket and placed it on his lap. He told his victim he was going to shoot her between the eyes and instructed her to leave the vehicle.
The victim went to a nearby gas station and talked with a Platte County Sheriff’s Office deputy.
He has a $5,000 cash only bond which he asked for a reduction on April 24. The warrant for his arrest was served on May 9.
Bradley is currently facing a fourth-degree domestic assault charge from a March 21 arrest in Platte County. He will go to court on that on June 3.
On April 3, an protection of protection was placed against him that will last six months. Court documents shows that Bradley didn’t show up for that hearing.