Burglary investigation leads to Gurdon man’s arrest — (The Daily Siftings Herald)

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The Daily Siftings Herald

Mon Nov 17, 2008, 02:17 PM CST

Gurdon, Ark. – A Gurdon man is in jail for the burglary of his relatives, according to an affidavit filed in the Clark County Circuit Clerk’s office Wednesday.

Todd Allen Norman, 19, of 204 Highway 53 North, was arrested after he confessed to Criminal Investigator Jim Pennington that he stole a safe from his grandparents’ Gurdon home in September.

Pennington and Sgt. Raymond Funderburk were dispatched to the residence on Highway 53 in reference to the safe being stolen. The safe, according to a police report on file at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, contained more than $32,800 worth of currency, stock shares, savings bonds and jewelry.

According to the affidavit, Norman’s grandmother received a text message from him, asking her to leave a door unlocked when she left her home that night so he could get in the house.

When Norman’s grandparents returned, they noticed the door that was left unlocked was open slightly and that their bedroom door was “kicked in.”

The only item they reported missing was the safe. The woman said she received another text message ­ prior to the incident ­ from Norman that told her to go ahead and lock the house because he would not be coming to the house that night, according to the affidavit.

After receiving a tip that Norman was seen at the house that night, Pennington interviewed Norman at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, where Norman is reported to have confessed to stealing the safe after using anti-depressant drugs.

Norman is being charged with one count of theft of property greater than $2,500 and one count of residential burglary, both of which are Class B felonies punishable by 5-20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000 for each count.

He is being held at Clark County Jail on a $30,000 bond.