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  • Man charged in IPL burglary

  • An alleged burglary late last week could have potentially affected all of the power for the city of Independence, according to an Independence Police Department probable cause statement.

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  • An alleged burglary late last week could have potentially affected all of the power for the city of Independence, according to an Independence Police Department probable cause statement.
    Michael L. Wilson of Independence, 42, was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and first-degree property damage – all felony charges – related to an early-morning incident Friday in which Wilson allegedly forced his way onto Independence Power & Light property and tampered with electrical wires.
    According to court documents, at 5:17 a.m., Wilson forced entry into 1901 E. Morgan Road. An alarm went off and police were sent. After an IPL employee allowed three officers in, they noticed the door to the power station building and noticed the door had been forced open.
    A police officer noticed the handle was on the ground and that the door’s locking mechanism was manipulated. The officer saw Wilson, standing in the control room, wearing black coveralls, a black coat and a black ski mask.
    IPL Line Supervisor Mike Huff advised that Wilson was not an employee and that he was not supposed to be inside the building. Huff also told police that the chain link fence on the complex’s east side was cut and rolled back.
    Huff also told police that several ground wires were on a table that were out of place and had been stacked in a pile. The shed south of the control room also had been forced open.
    According to Huff’s account, the panel where Wilson was tampering held a 161 transmission line, which is the center hub for all of the power to the city of Independence.
    Tools that did not belong to IPL were on a table, including a crescent wrench, wire strippers, a small flashlight and gloves.
    The damage was valued at $1,500. Independence police detective Emily Knox attempted to interview Wilson, but he declined to provide a statement.
    The case was turned over to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, which requested a bond of $250,000 cash.
    The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office considers Wilson a persistent offender. In July 2008, he was found guilty of driving while intoxicated, a felony charge, in the Jackson County Circuit Court.
    In November 2008, Wilson was found guilty of a first-degree felony of tampering and a second-degree felony of burglary, both in the Circuit Court of Jackson County.
     
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