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Michael A. Johnston

Michael A. Johnston

TWIN FALLS — A former employee of a storage facility in town says he helped another man burglarize storage units to pay off a traffic ticket.

Michael A. Johnston, 38, of Twin Falls was charged Friday with burglary and grand theft at Magic Valley Storage near the Shilo Inn in Twin Falls, police say.

According to court documents, owner Brant McCombs reviewed video footage from Sept. 22 and saw two men in an older model white Mazda pickup remove items from storage units. The missing items were two Crate Barrel brown leather chairs valued at about $675 each, and a set of china and silver wine goblets.

Johnston and the other man, identified only as Morgan from New Hampshire, used an employee code to open the front gate of the storage facility, Johnston told Twin Falls Police Officer Asmir Kararic. Once inside, the two entered a unit containing keys to other storage units, documents say.

Johnston told Kararic he “went along with the burglary because Morgan kept bugging him and he needed money to pay off a traffic ticket,” documents say.

After leaving Magic Valley Storage with the stolen items, Johnston said he went home while Morgan traded the items for drugs and money.

Johnston “said Morgan was supposed to pay him for helping him but he never did,” Kararic wrote in the document.

Johnson’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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