TWIN FALLS • Facebook’s Magic Valley Buy, Sell, and Trade helped police to tile and a glass panel that had been stolen from a home building site last year.
Jacob Ivan Rasmussen, 28, was arraigned Friday with one count of grand theft by possession of stolen property. Police said Rasmussen had stored and sold stolen tile worth $200 and stored a glass panel worth $900.
Police say officers arranged to meet the man who had posted the stolen tile for sale to Facebook after an employee of Nelson Homes recognized in the Facebook picture the tile stolen from his building site and from a James Ray Homes site.
The man trying to sell the tile said he bought it when his sister set him up with an acquaintance who had tile he needed to liquidate, police say. Police said that the man had been looking for tile for a home project and unwittingly purchased the stolen tile for $200 and planned to sell the excess online.
Police said the man was able to provide the information of who sold him the tile and gave them Rasmussen’s name.
When police arrived at Rasmussen’s shop they found the glass panel and when they allowed the Nelson Homes’ employee to walk through the shop they also uncovered stolen windows and a stolen construction slab they use as a temporary door on construction sites, police said.
Rasmussen told police that the items were not his but belonged to the brother of a man he allowed to stay at his shop, police said.
Police, however, found that Rasmussen had previously been an employee of both Nelson Homes and James Ray Homes and that he had worked on a building site next to one of the Nelson Homes’ sites that had been burglarized, reports say.