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Charged in local shoplifting cases

by Ivan Foley
Landmark publisher

A Leavenworth man is charged in shoplifting incidents from two home improvement stores in Platte City in December.

David K. Bullock, 53, is charged with two felony counts of receiving stolen property in incidents that took place at Running Horse Ranch and Home and at Sprint Lumber, both on Dec. 12.

Bullock is accused of depriving the owner of Running Horse Ranch and Home of saw blades, salon equipment and various other goods of a value of more than $500. Bullock is accused of retaining such property while knowing or believing it had been stolen.

From Sprint Lumber in downtown Platte City, the items involved included various tools valued of more than $500. Items included saw blades, several tape measures and a palm sander.

In-store video from Running Horse Ranch and Home alleged shows a man and a woman coming into the store at about 2 p.m. on Dec. 12 and leaving 18 minutes later without purchasing anything. But the video allegedly shows the couple going through the store and then opening items in the second toy aisle. A representative of Sprint Lumber viewed the video from the other store and alleges the two people shown are the same who committed the shoplifting at Sprint.

The employee at Sprint believes the male party would distract employees while his female companion would steal items.

A person inside the Sprint store knew the male suspect as having the last name as “Bullock or Bulluck.” A Sprint employee then found the suspect via Facebook.

Employees from each store were able to identify Bullock as being the suspect from a six person photo lineup shown to them by police, according to court documents.

On Monday, a warrant was issued for Bullock’s arrest. His bond will be set at $7,500 cash or surety.