Two KC Men Charged in Armed Robbery Conspiracy, Including Three Raytown Robberies
Jerry D. Patterson, 21, and Michael A. Harris, 19, both of Kansas City, were charged in a criminal complaint filed under seal in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. That complaint was unsealed and made public upon the arrests and initial court appearances of Patterson and Harris. According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Patterson and Harris were involved in a conspiracy to commit 10 armed robberies at area businesses over a four-week period in September and October 2017, including three Raytown robberies in October (CVS-5310 Blue Ridge Bd., Dollar General-5105 Blue Ridge Bd., and Walgreens-9300 Gregory Bd.) More information may be found here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/two-kc-men-charged-armed-robbery-conspiracy.
It’s a good reminder that not all crimes that occur in Raytown are isolated to only Raytown. They are occasionally part of a series of crimes that occur across the metro area. When a series is identified, we work with other affected agencies to pool our resources and investigate the series or “crew” that is perpetrating the crimes.
When that joint investigation occurs, our ability to share information is very limited, so that the investigation is not jeopardized. We’ve had to do the same thing with other robbery series that have affected our local businesses in the recent past. We just ask for patience while our detectives work. If the cases are solved, like these cases were, the payoff of an arrest or indictment is worth all of that time and effort.
Great work to all of the detectives from the involved agencies and our own!