by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor
The Platte County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating 36-year-old Joshua R. Campbell. Police believe he is connected to a burglary at Lake Waukomis where 70 guns were stolen from a residence.
Police describe Joshua R. Campbell as 5'10” and 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Campbell has an artificial right eye. He is known to frequent the Independence area and could be living on the streets.
Campbell should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone observing Campbell or who has information that may lead to his capture is asked to call their local law enforcement agency or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
So far, three additional suspects have been arrested in connection with the gun heist that occurred on Sunday, March 22.
The gun owner's neighbors were among the three suspects arrested in connection with the crime. The monetary value of the stolen firearms is upwards of $20,000.
The Platte County Prosecutor's Office charged David Grant, 34, of Lake Waukomis with first degree burglary and felony theft. His 31-year-old girlfriend, Andrea Jacobs, of Lake Waukomis has been charged with first degree burglary and felony theft of a firearm. Westley Watts, 46, also been charged with first degree burglary and felony theft of a firearm.
Jacobs has been released on bond. Her bond was originally set at $20,000 cash-only, but was later lowered by the court to $10,000 with a 10 percent surety allowed, meaning she was able to be released after paying $1,000.
Police say the suspects were caught on video surveillance removing the stolen artillery from a home in the 700 block of South Shore Drive. The homeowner was not home at the time of the burglary.
Authorities say David Grant, who resides at 773 South Shore Drive, is seen on video footage carrying and loading a large unidentified item concealed in a blanket into a maroon colored truck bed. Authorities say his girlfriend, Jacobs, is also captured on video surveillance moving a compound style bow belonging to her neighbor.
The victim told police he is the rightful owner of the blanket, the guns, and the bow hunting device that were stolen from his residence.
Jacobs was among the first suspects arrested in the case. Authorities say that while in custody, Jacobs phoned Grant, who revealed during the recorded phone conversation that he provided her “old” cell phone to police.
Grant assured Jacobs the call history was deleted prior to handing it over to the authorities. Police say before hanging up, Grant said “I'm just going to come up there and tell them it was me and not you.”
Police also overheard Grant making a comment over the phone inside a QuikTrip on March 24. Grant allegedly said “we took so many guns out of there the bed of the truck was dragging on the ground,” and “I'm gonna get in trouble for it. I mean I did it.”
When police took Grant in custody, he allegedly said there were so many weapons it took three trips to transport them to the home of Westley Watts at 209 Chicago Street in Blue Springs.
By the time a search warrant was executed at the address, merely three guns were located in the basement of the home. The guns recovered from the address were identified by the victim as his stolen firearms