A 36-year-old man is charged with a felony for allegedly stealing federally owned audio equipment intended to amplify President Joe Biden’s speech in Kansas City on Wednesday.
Jason P. Keith, of Grandview, is charged with stealing valuables estimated at $ 14,000, court records show. The items were reported stolen Tuesday morning by an employee of the Defense Information Systems Agency, which manages information sharing and communications for the Department of Defense.
According to court records, the theft took place in the underground parking lot of the Intercontinental Plaza hotel at 401 Ward Parkway. The locks on the backs of two U-Haul trucks parked there had been cut and several things were missing from the containers, including a cart, cable reels, extension cords, other sound equipment and a protection kit. against falls.
The theft was investigated by Kansas City Police. City-owned and private surveillance cameras captured video of a suspect wearing black pants, black shoes and a long black coat. He was seen pushing a cart full of equipment stolen in the early hours by these cameras along with a security guard and two University of Missouri Kansas City police as he followed a route along Brush Creek, court records show.
Police then located the stolen equipment at the Shell gas station at 2601 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard. Keith was arrested there on Tuesday afternoon, about 12 hours after the robbery.
Police reportedly found some of the missing equipment in Keith’s possession. More was discovered in a wooded area behind the gas station.
The president traveled to Kansas City to promote an upcoming wave of new federal spending on highways, bridges and other priority projects as part of a goal to rebuild the country’s aging infrastructure. In his speech to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority on Wednesday, Biden presented the new infrastructure law signed last month as “the single largest investment” in roads and bridges in 70 years.
The measure is expected to ultimately provide Kansas $ 3.2 billion and Missouri $ 7.9 billion to meet a range of needs, from transportation to water treatment to high-speed Internet.
Keith was indicted Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court. He is being held on $ 40,000 bond at the Jackson County Detention Center.
Jonathan Shorman of The Star contributed to this report.
This story was originally published December 9, 2021 8:17 pm.