Blue Springs police said they caught a man wanted in a vehicle break-in, and they suspect the crime may be connected with numerous others in the Kansas City area.
Michael A. Rice, 30, was charged Friday in Jackson County with one count of forgery in connection with a vehicle break-in and subsequent check forgery case that occurred Nov. 27 in Blue Springs. Court records indicate Rice is from Overland Park.
Blue Springs police said that they and several other law enforcement agencies are continuing to investigate more vehicle break-ins, forgeries and credit card fraud cases they believe Rice is responsible for in Blue Springs, Lee's Summit, Grain Valley, Independence and Leawood. Some of the incidents occurred Tuesday afternoon, when six cars were broken into in the 400 block of Northeast Coronado Drive in Blue Springs.
Police said the white Dodge Charger that the thief was believed to have been driving during the break-ins was stolen from Lee's Summit and has not been recovered. The license plate is MB1-D3Z.
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Rice is being held in the Jackson County Detention Center on $25,000 bond. Those with information on the case are asked to call their local police department, the Blue Springs Police Department at 816-228-0151 or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).