Danedri Thompson
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Kim and Evan Andrew, Gardner, awoke to the sounds of Gardner police shouting through their open bedroom window on April 7.
It was shortly after 3 a.m. when Evan answered the door. Officers began asking about the couple’s gray Ford Taurus. A half hour before their law enforcement wake-up call, Olathe police had chased the Andrew’s car north on Interstate 35. A female was driving the car.
“(Police) clocked her going 99 miles per hour in my old 2003 Taurus,” Kim said. “They gave up because it was unsafe to chase her.”
Officers were able to get the license plate, and that’s how Gardner Police ended up at the Andrew’s house. Officers insisted on physically seeing all of the occupants of the home. That required waking up Evan’s 25-year-old daughter, who was sleeping downstairs.
“They made her come upstairs to see her to make sure it wasn’t her that had stolen the car,” Kim said.
Someone had taken the car, however, right from the Andrew’s driveway shortly after 2 a.m. Kim called it a Gardner crime spree.
The Andrews didn’t hear a thing. Their dog didn’t bark and the glass wasn’t broken.
“Somebody stole it for drug money or a joy ride or something stupid, obviously and they outran the cops,” Kim said.
The car was locked and parked in the driveway, but it wasn’t enough to deter a thief. Kansas City, Mo., police found the car a day later. It had been impounded.
Things could have been much worse. The thief could have been caught in the act.
“The ironic thing is Evan was supposed to be at work at 3 a.m., which means he would have gotten up at 2 a.m.,” Kim said. “He would have caught her, but the alarm clock didn’t go off.”