TWIN FALLS — A Twin Falls man has been charged in connection to a December burglary and truck theft.
Walter William Osborn, 33, was arraigned Thursday on one count of grand theft by possession of stolen property.
A Twin Falls County couple reported on Dec. 11 that somebody had broken into their house through a back window and stolen just over $1,000 worth of belongings, including diamond jewelry, watches, and two chainsaws, according to a police affidavit.
Three days later, the Gooding County Sheriff’s Office asked for Twin Falls deputies’ help recovering a service truck that was stolen from a construction site in Hagerman but had been spotted in Buhl, according to a deputy with the Twin Falls Sheriff’s Office.
Twin Falls deputies found the truck and detained three people: Osborn, Marquetta Jensen, and Jeremy Koontz. When police searched the truck, they found the jewelry, chainsaws, and other items that had been stolen in the Twin Falls County burglary several days earlier, according to the affidavit.
Osborn told police that he didn’t know the truck was stolen and that he had gotten it from a man named Manuel Acevedo. But in an interview with Gooding County investigators several days before the Twin Falls burglary, Acevedo said that he did not steal the truck and that Osborn had told him that he was planning on stealing it.
Acevedo also told police in a later interview that Walter had been stealing things and storing them at Jensen’s house, including the truck and chainsaws, according to the affidavit.
Police said Jensen told them she did not know the truck was stolen and that Osborn told her it belonged to his father.
Osborn has been jailed on a $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 18.