Sometimes when alleged criminals have any easy time committing a crime, they’re tempted to try the same crime again at the same location.
Police say that was the case for Robert James Gorham, 30, of Twin Falls who was arrested and arraigned last week on charges that he stole two new 2016 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks from the same local car dealership.
Gorham’s arraignment was the one that got the headline in Saturday’s Times-News, as he was charged with two counts of grand theft. He also told police about his crime spree while driving the stolen trucks that included syphoning gasoline, using a stolen credit card and cutting the lock on a trailer hitch before deciding not to steal the trailer, court documents said.
But Gorham wasn’t the only person arraigned Friday who was accused of going to the well too often.
Clifton R. Blackburn, 32, of Twin Falls was arraigned Friday in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on two counts of burglary.
Blackburn is accused of going to Pawn 1 on Addison Avenue three times in five days and stealing laptop computers each time, court records said. The owner of the pawn shop showed police surveillance video of each incident and told officers his shop was missing three laptops worth a total of $322.
On two occasions, Blackburn can be seen on surveillance footage taking several laptops out of a discount bin, placing one in his backpack each time and leaving the store without paying, court records said. On a third occasion, the footage doesn’t clearly show him taking a laptop, but Pawn 1’s owner said one was missing after Blackburn left the shop.
Blackburn was charged with two counts of burglary for the two laptops he was seen stealing in the surveillance video, court records said. A warrant was issued for his arrest last month and he was arrested Friday.
So how did Pawn 1’s owner and police identify Blackburn from the surveillance video? According to the shop’s owner, Blackburn had pawned a television at the shop the very same day he stole the first laptop, and he used his Idaho driver’s license to identify himself for the transaction.
Blackburn is being held in Twin Falls County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11.