Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Murderer Was Career Burglar

I'll admit I am completely disgusted with this, and find myself thinking thoughts like, "I want the oxygen back that this man has breathed for 20 years."

Antonio Grandison, 20, was a one man crime wave over two years primarily in South KC. The confessed murderer took police on a tour of the Ruskin neighborhood in which he pointed out six homes he had broken into over the past months. The suspect stated to the police that he believed he had broken into over 50 homes in a two year period. Grandison became a murderer when he was caught in a house he was burglarizing for the second time by the home owner. He resorted to violence to get away.

Would that home owner--Nick Dutcher--still be alive today if the police took property crime more seriously? Actually did some work at trying to solve these crimes? My guess is yes because this dude probably made mistakes along the way. I doubt he was the cat burglar.

The reason we have this suspect is that he was careless enough to leave one of his finger prints on Mr. Dutcher's Ford Escape. I would wager that somewhere along the way, he was careless enough to leave his finger prints on a surface in a home he broke into. He might even have left blood or other body fluids around, since he often broke in by violent means by breaking a door or window. He further demonstated his potential carelessness by picking up and disturbing the urns holding loved ones' ashes in two homes, including Mr. Dutcher's--his mother was one whose ashes were disturbed and actually spilled outside by the suspect.

Oh, and as a P.S. his father lives in Ruskin Heights, the area of Nick Dutcher's home. Yo, dude. Did you know your son was a parasite, sucking off the fruits of the labors of your neighbors? If I was a close neighbor of yours, I'd be pissed at you right now. In fact, even though I am not a close neighbor, I am pissed at you. I'm pretty sure your spawn stole the fruits of my neighbors' labor too.

Burglary is a major quality of life issue to me. If a person can't leave their home with a reasonable expectation of returning and finding it intact, that person may find a way to move to a safer place. You had this guy running around for two years essentially supporting himself by breaking into homes, stealing things that others had worked for, and selling them to others for money. I am hard pressed to think of anyone acting lower. He lived by stealing, and then stole the ultimate possession--someone's life. He needs to go away for a long long time. And the Kansas City Police Department needs to realign some priorities--maybe a little less time on traffic issues and drunk driving check points and a little more time on these intrusive property crimes.

Also, I would like to know. Who is buying the TVs, laptops, game cassettes and consoles, and guns that this schmuck and others like him are stealing?

Because Nick Dutcher's blood is on your hands too!

I flat refuse to put this guy's picture on the post. He doesn't deserve it. If you want to see it, check the links.

News links: KMBC: Accused Killer confesses to 50 plus burglaries...KSHB: Nine burglary and theft charges... and Criminologist: Burglars don't usually murder...


Bob G. said...

I feel the way YOU do about ROBBERY or BURGLARY...

It affects the victims on MANY levels, and it IS very much PREVENTABLE.

My main gripe is that it's often relegated to the back-burner in cities UNTIL something MORE heinous results from one of those crimes.

It's the Broken Window Theory.
I look at robbery and burglary as one of the FIRST windows that gets broken...
After that is ignored, it only goes DOWNHILL.

Police SHOULD have been monitoring any PAWN SHOPS in the area, but very often, such perps KNOW "who" to sell to for quick cash, and that could be drug dealers or other criminals that take items out of town to hock elsewhere.

The thing w/ police departments is that they often have to JUSTIFY needing a grant for more technologies to PREVENT crime, and that means "numbers", as in traffic stops, and easier citations to get those numbers UP.

I would like to see a LOT more PROBLEM-ORIENTED POLICING being done in such areas that are seeing rises in crime, and especially in blighted parts of our cities.

Yeah, I like to dream.

Glad the perp was FINALLY caught.
Hope he goes away for a LONG time, too.

Have a great humpday out there!

the observer said...

Bob G:
I couldn't think of anything to add to your outstanding comment!

Rereading this now, I may have been a little hard on the perp's dad. It's possible he didn't even know he was a dad while the perp was growing up. Dude's probably in his 40's now, just trying to get along in life like the rest of us, and probably has a thousand regrets, one of which is probably the day he met the perp's mother.

Back in the day, we used to teach the way to avoid poverty and trouble was to get an education. Nowadays, I think we need to teach that the way to avoid poverty and trouble is to avoid getting pregnant and to make the commitment of getting married.

But I'm just old (fashioned)!

The Observer