Kansas City, Mo. A landlord previously ordered to pay $1.1 million for sexually harassing poor tenants was arrested this week after three of his houses were found packed with stolen items, ranging from air conditioners to riding mowers.
Bobby Veal, 71, remained jailed Friday on $75,000 bond on charges of second-degree burglary and felony stealing.
Police hauled off 21 truck loads of merchandise Friday from the basements and rooms of the homes and a trailer and shed outside. Police traced serial numbers from some of the items and discovered they had been reported stolen from cities around the metropolitan area and as far away as California.
Veal was arrested Thursday while driving a truck matching the description of a vehicle used to steal a furnace from an apartment complex. The maintenance supervisor at the complex identified Veal as one of the three men he saw trying to steal the furnace.
A 49-year-old man matching the description of one of the other suspects in the theft of the furnace was arrested later Thursday at one of Veal's homes. The man told police that Veal buys stolen property, according to court records.
A man arrested later Thursday after police interrupted a burglary at a newly renovated house also told police he sells stolen property to Veal, according to court records. The suspect was jailed on two unrelated warrants.
Veal acknowledged he buys property from people but denied knowing any of it was stolen, according to court records. He also told police he merely gave the other suspects a ride to the apartment complex on Thursday, and he was unaware of the burglary.
Veal and his wife already were appealing the $1.1 million in damages jurors ordered them to pay to 11 female tenants. According to the women's testimony at the trial, Veal's actions included unwanted verbal sexual advances, unwanted sexual touching and asking for sexual favors in exchange for tenancy.