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Scope narrowed in Pilfered Pirate probe

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

While no suspects have been publicly named by the Platte City Police Department in the case of the Pilfered Pirate, Detective Dennis Trabue stated interviews among the senior class at Platte County R-3 High School have narrowed the scope of suspects.

"The whole senior class has been interviewed by the school resource officer," stated Trabue. "The interviews narrowed the scope in the investigation but didn't point at one individual responsible. The kids are remaining very quiet."

Trabue stated that the police department did give a polygraph test to one of the students believed to have been involved in the theft, but that no additional information was gained as a result of the test.

"We're following up on this investigation as we would any other criminal matter and we haven't placed any additional attention on this investigation than we would have any other," explained Trabue.

Trabue stated that the department would like the public to relay any additional information that may be valuable to the investigation.
"We don't have any additional leads at this time, but anytime someone has additional information we will definitely follow up on it," said Trabue.

As the investigation proceeds, Trabue stated that the district still desires to pursue prosecution in the theft of the Pirate.

The eight-foot-tall, 700-1,000 pound wood-carved Pirate was stolen from the high school lobby between 8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23 and 10 a.m., Sunday, March 24. Police say there was no sign of forced entry.

Sources stated the gym floor was gouged when the Pirate was dragged from the lobby to a rear door.

The Pirate was retrieved by school district personnel several days later at an undisclosed location. Damage included the knob of the Pirate's staff being broken off, scratches and chips in the wood of the structure.

The statue was believed to have been carved around 1974 by John Faust, an art teacher at the high school, with help from some students.