by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor
Four rifles were allegedly stolen from two rural Platte County residences located just outside of Smithville.
Around noon on Friday, Dec. 12, authorities say a man kicked down a door at 2320 Lowman Road and stole a gun safe containing four rifles, an Apple iMac computer, and a United States Military Academy class ring.
Seven miles away at 15280 Rule Lane, another residence had been burglarized.
After being notified of the first alleged burglary, authorities received several 9-1-1 calls reporting a man had been going door-to-door, asking for directions. The man was driving a black Ford Expedition.
Authorities say the owner of the vehicle is 28-year-old DeWayne D. Jones of Kansas City. When questioned by authorities, Jones said he served as merely the driver in the alleged crime. Jones said his cousin 'Moogie' and accomplice known as 'T' unlawfully entered the residence to steal items of value in order to obtain money for the upcoming holiday.
Court documents suggest evidence recovered from the crime scene indicates that Jones played a larger role in the alleged crimes. A homeowner discovered a young child's growth chart belonging to a child that DeWayne fathers inside his garage.
The Platte County Prosecutor's Office charged Jones with two class C felonies of burglary in the second degree. Jones is being held at the Platte County Detention Center on a $20,000 cash-only bond.
During a recent bond reduction hearing, the court denied Jones’ request for a reduction in bail. He is scheduled to appear before Platte County Circuit Court Judge Quint Shafer on Jan. 6.