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Johnson City man charged with stealing more than $19K worth of property in burglary

August 9th, 2011 6:09 am by Staff Report

Johnson City police charged a West Hillcrest Drive man Monday with stealing more than $19,000 worth of watches, cameras, computers, silver and other items from a neighbor in a burglary.
Colton Shane Webb, 23, 705 W. Hillcrest Drive, was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $10,000.
In a news release, police said the arrest resulted from an investigation into a report from a man stating that his residence had been broken into and $19,050 in property had been stolen.
According to a police report, David Atchley told police Monday that someone had entered his house at 619 Hillcrest Drive through a basement window.
Among the items Atchley reported missing were two laptop computers, two watches, two digital cameras and lenses, a silver utensil service for 10, a silver tea set, a gold ring, foreign currency and $75 in cash and change.
Atchley told police he had employed a neighbor to do some yard work, and at one point, the neighbor had entered the house and had commented about the watches.
An investigator contacted Webb at his residence in the lower level of 705 W. Hillcrest and asked if police could search for the missing items. Webb consented to the search, and police found the missing cameras in a bag, according to the report.
The investigator advised Webb of his rights and asked whether any more of the stolen items were in the residence. Webb said no at first, but he eventually showed police where to find the computers and watches in a hole in the ceiling, police said in the report.
Police also found a ring and the foreign currency in the house and the dinnerware in a storage area. Webb directed police to a nearby garbage bin on West Market Street, where they recovered the tea set, according to the report.
Webb was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center and arraigned in Sessions Court Tuesday. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 16. Webb's bond was set at $30,000.

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