Johnson County law enforcement agencies received a new radio system earlier this year that made it easier to communicate with different departments.
Police said this real-time monitoring is especially important when so many cities border each other. The new radio system was invaluable in leading to the arrest of three burglary suspects this week, police said Wednesday.
"With the new radio system, it gives us the advantage of being able to have information in real time," said Overland Park Police Officer Gary Mason.
A woman was returning to her Overland Park home when she noticed a vehicle backing out of her driveway with her television and other vehicles loaded into the truck. The stunned suspects drove through the grass to get around the homeowner's vehicle and took off.
The woman got a detailed description, which she relayed to law enforcement officials. Shawnee officers heard the description and then saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle.
Two men and a teen were arrested. The two men were charged with burglary while the teen faces charges in juvenile court. Police are investigating them for other crimes.
In addition to the radio system, officers credit the victim for her ability to process crucial information accurately during a stressful situation.
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