KC police say charges are not related to wife's disappearance

Shon Pernice was arrested Wednesday morning at an Independence fire station on felony stealing charges.

Pernice, an Independence firefighter, is the husband of Renee Pernice, a Northland woman who has been missing since at least Jan. 2. According to Darin Snapp, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman, Wednesday’s arrest is not related to Renee Pernice’s disappearance.

Shon Pernice is being held on a $25,000 bond. The Clay County Prosecutor’s Office charged him with a Class C felony of stealing a firearm.

Snapp provided the following details:

Shon Pernice was arrested at about 10:15 a.m. at an Independence Fire Station 7  at 2206 Hub Drive on felony stealing charges for allegedly stealing a gun from his neighbor’s house.

On Jan. 31, the Kansas City Police Department received a telephone call from a woman in regard to a stolen firearm. The woman stated that Shon Pernice and his two sons were at her house on Jan. 30 because their children played together. Shon asked the woman if her basement was finished yet, and after she stated yes, he viewed the basement as she was upstairs preparing dinner.

That evening, the woman went to set her house alarm and it wouldn’t set because the basement’s door was ajar. She noticed that the alarm’s magnetic strip was damaged in the basement. At 3:30 a.m. Jan. 31, her husband returned home and noticed that one of his handguns was missing from the basement.

The couple confronted Shon Pernice the next day at his house, and approximately two days later, he knocked on their door with the handgun, apologized and returned the gun.

In early February, Clay County Prosecutor Daniel White said the Renee Pernice case is now a death investigation. Renee’s family has announced a $25,000 reward for information. Kansas City police have yet to name a suspect or person of interest.