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Jury hands down Jefferson City post-tornado looting conviction

Brandt and Hedrick


A Cole County jury on Tuesday convicted a Kansas City man accused of post-tornado looting.

The jury found Adam S. Brandt, 40, guilty of unlawful gun possession, unlawful use of a weapon, drug possession and two counts of receiving stolen property, Cole County Prosecuting Attorney Locke Thompson said in a news release.

Jefferson City police received a call May 24, two days after an EF-3 tornado hit the city, about looters at 1716 Four Seasons Drive. Officers found Brandt with a motorcycle that had been reported stolen from Kansas City, according to official accounts.

Brandt allegedly denied to police any knowledge of the motorcycle being stolen and said he and a friend went to Jefferson City to see the tornado's destruction.

Police found 12 grams of methamphetamine and a .40-caliber handgun when they searched the motorcycle, according to the news release. Brandt is prohibited by law from having a gun because he is a felon.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 21.

Bradley Hedrick, another Kansas City man arrested with Brandt, faces two counts of unlawful gun possession, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, a single count of possessing burglar's tools, three counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of felony drug possession.

The next hearing in Hedrick's case is set for Jan. 7.

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  1. We have people like that running the streets and the Moniteau County Sheriff’s Department wants to pretend they’re in inner city Chicago, pulling over soccer moms and construction workers in the afternoon playing intimidation tactics, doubling up on patrol cars (we all know that’s necessary) and of course, wearing body armor. Aaron Bishop and Tony Wheatley, you are two of the most pathetic wanna be underpaid low life “police officers” this county has ever had to deal with.

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