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Peter Kinder's car stolen, rammed into gun shop, torched and left on county road; suspect arrested

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Adam Cromer
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder only planned to be in Cape Girardeau a short time Monday, until a police officer told him at 6 a.m. his 2009 Ford Flex had been stolen and found torched and left on a county road.

"It's burnt to a cinder. It is unrecognizable," Kinder said Monday afternoon, shortly after his third visit to the Cape Girardeau Police Department. "It was found at 5:30 this morning in some field, I don't even know where."

A Cape Girardeau man has been arrested in connection to the crime, according to Darin Hickey, spokesman for the police department.

Adam D. Cromer, 21, was charged with stealing a motor vehicle, first-degree tampering and second-degree attempted burglary. He is being held on a $20,000 surety bond.

Police said that before burning the vehicle, which was registered to the Friends of Peter Kinder, north of Cape Girardeau city limits on Highway 177, the suspect drove the Ford through a brick wall at Shooter's Gun Shop.

Shooter's manager Rowedy Enderle said they backed the vehicle up almost directly in front of the main entrance. The men were unsuccessful in stealing any firearms from the gun shop, he added.

"I guess the alarm scared them away," Enderle said.

The shop was open all day, and Enderle said the damage was nearly fixed by 4 p.m. The cost of repairing the damage was at least $2,000, he said.

Kinder, who spoke at a naturalization ceremony in Cape Girardeau late Monday morning, said his vehicle is a total loss.

"I was really shocked and feeling stupid that I left the keys in it," he said.

Kinder said detectives told him there were two men arrested for the alleged crime, but Hickey couldn't confirm that at 5 p.m. Kinder said he was also told the alleged suspects drove his vehicle through the McDonald's drive-thru on Broadway. Hickey also couldn't confirm that Monday.

The police department said in a news release that it is seeking help identifying a person who stopped to help push the vehicle out of the mud. It is not believed the person knew of any of the suspects' criminal activities.

Anyone with information should contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 335-6621 or the Crime Stoppers Line at 332-0500.

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You left the keys in it? The Lt. Gov.? Sad about the loss but a little common sense goes a long way Pete. You should be grounded.

-- Posted by semotexex on Mon, Apr 25, 2011, at 5:38 PM

It will be alright Pete hang in there we all go 90 MPH any more in all of our lives. Good they caught this guy.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Mon, Apr 25, 2011, at 6:16 PM

K A R M A......

-- Posted by the_eye on Mon, Apr 25, 2011, at 6:20 PM

It's a shame Mr. Kinder couldn't even leave the dang keys in his car in Cape Girardeau.

-- Posted by Pops90 on Mon, Apr 25, 2011, at 6:26 PM

Karma? Really? So its ok for Shooters to be damaged for karmic balance? This obvious honor student goes to jail for karma? Kinder loses a car for karma?

Id like to hear what you believe Shooters' did, or Kinder did to deserve thousands in property damage.

-- Posted by Tornadic on Mon, Apr 25, 2011, at 6:54 PM

I don't care where you live, there are people waiting to take advantage of an opportunity to commit a crime. This one seems to have gotten quite out of hand, and I'm glad they caught the suspects. However, with all of Mr. Kinder's time spent in St. Louis lately, you would think he would be a little more street smart by now!!!

-- Posted by sayswho? on Mon, Apr 25, 2011, at 8:07 PM

Karma will be when this two-bit hoodlum begins his streach of "rehabilitation" at tax payer expense.

-- Posted by Lexluth on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 9:35 AM

You know this would not have happened if he was in St. Louis because the Chase Park Plaza has valet parking!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by johnboy25 on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 10:40 AM

Friends of Peter Kinders, isn't that the same organization that paid for his expenses in St. Louis? Doesn't he have to pay for any of his mistakes in judgment? Leaving your keys in the ignition, priceless !

-- Posted by Bill C on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 10:50 AM

Did Mr. Kinder receive a citation? Leaving the keys in an unattended vehicle is not just stupid, it's illegal.

-- Posted by malan on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 10:58 AM

Wait a minute! The car is registered to "The Friends of Peter Kinder"?

He left the keys in the car?

I bet his "friends" aren't too happy!

-- Posted by iread on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 11:02 AM

Yet another article lacking details. Where was the car stolen from? Was the car unlocked? Were the keys in the ignition? Was the motor running?

Agree with Malan. Gross negligence like this cost everyone more money, in the form of increased insurance premiums.

-- Posted by contagious on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 11:21 AM

An act such as leaving your keys in a vehicle is very negligent, as in the military where if your locker was left unlocked you were written up .

Don't worry Peter put it on the tab and the public will pick it up.....................

-- Posted by rockman54 on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 11:32 AM

Leaving the keys in the car is not illegal. Insurance companies don't like it though. If you think it's illegal, cite the revised Missouri statute number.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 11:39 AM

Yankee Station, Admittedly, I can't seem to find the Missouri statute ( although I did find it for many other states). Not very many years ago though, I was cited for "Leaving the keys in an unattended vehicle" after the vehicle was involved in an accident. My lawyer, my insurance company, and the Judge all advised me it was illegal in every state (courtesy of insurance companies). I paid the fine and went on with my life.

It may have been changed but I know I got hit with it.

-- Posted by malan on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 1:09 PM

Kinder is extremely lucky, these individuals could have had darker adventurers in mind for his friends' car.

-- Posted by ziggie on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 3:43 PM

Who said the keys were in it? Democrat Underground?

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 9:52 PM

Wow, alot of story editing after newspapers around the state got some logical postings. Most persons put their car keys and their house keys on the same key rings. And most single men put those on their dressers where 20yo males don't have easy access. And over $50,000 of Peter's "personal" money paid for hotel rooms to stop any further investigations. A 20 yo male steals a Flex when cars of all type on Semo parking lots and every place else and he just happens to find the one car unlocked and with the keys in it? Wonder what he was going to do with guns if he stolen any? BTW "We Regret To Inform U," Kinder said the keys were in it! Whether he remembers correctly is another thing. As a poster to the KC Star suggested, the best excuse for this Peter left the keys in it because he is so accustomed to valet parking. At least he would be a better liar than ex-Gov. Blunt. How much in legal fees and settlements did he cost Mo?

-- Posted by casual_observer1 on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 11:21 PM

where was the car stolen from?

-- Posted by QT-PIE on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 5:05 AM

Am I the only person in the U.S. who didn't know that politicians don't own the vehicles they drive? Did Mr Kinder pay any portion of the payment, insurance, or tax on that Ford Flex? If not, what a nice perk that must be. What other things do our politicians get that they don't pay for, but their 'friends' do.

-- Posted by Catbert on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 8:47 AM

The Universe is turning exactly as it should be...

-- Posted by ArcticFox on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 3:09 PM


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