Investigation into Friday burglary ends in arrest

An investigation into a reported residential burglary Friday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a man who reportedly sold some of the stolen items.

Luther Garner, 44, reportedly told police he did not break into the house, but admitted that he sold a television and laptop computer that he knew were probably stolen.

During a court hearing Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said police were sent to 2317 W. 26th Ave. in response to a reported burglary, and found a door on the west side of the house had been forced open.

Detective Jeremy Oswalt reported that the victim reported that two televisions and a laptop computer were missing.

Officer Nathan Smith, who was the initial officer sent to the house, reported that he and other officers went to a nearby house to look for Garner, whom Smith had arrested previously for burglary.

Reed said officers saw a car at the house and when they looked through the window, saw a television and laptop computer in plain sight inside the vehicle, and the owner of the car said he had bought the items from Garner.

Oswalt reported that Garner was not at the house but a relative gave officers permission to search, and they found a second television and a crowbar, and the victim identified the second television as belonging to her.

Garner was located on Saturday, and reportedly claimed that two other people broke into the house, and offered to sell the televisions and computer to him, but Garner said he did not have any money, and sold the items to the other person.

Reed said Garner was placed on probation earlier this year on charges of residential burglary and theft of property.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Garner after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving.

Judge Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Garner, and told him to come back to court Jan. 7.