Resident says he saw man leaving with stolen items


A Hillsboro man is facing a charge of breaking and entering after allegedly taking several tools from a garage Monday afternoon.

An affidavit filed with the Hillsboro Municipal Court stated that the Hillsboro Police Department responded to a report of theft from a Trenton Street garage shortly after 6 p.m.

Upon officer arrival, the alleged victim reported that “several items were stolen from his garage,” according to the affidavit.

The alleged victim added that after leaving his residence for a short time, he returned and “observed a white pickup truck leaving his driveway with a rotor tiller in the bed of the truck,” as stated in the affidavit.

The driver was reportedly identified as Travis Gibson, 35.

The affidavit added that after the alleged victim pulled into his residence, he “discovered that items were moved around” in the garage. After checking his tools, the alleged victim reported the following as stolen: a rotor tiller, two weed eaters, a welder, a shop fan, and a chainsaw. The affidavit stated that, in total, the tools were valued at $1,350.

Later that evening the alleged victim advised the officer that someone was at his residence with “some of his stolen property that was purchased from … Gibson earlier” that day, according to the affidavit.

When the officer arrived, the other person reported that Gibson came to his East Danville residence at about 5:30 p.m. At that time, he reportedly purchased a rotor tiller and weed eater from Gibson. The affidavit added that the alleged victim identified those items as being his property.

Municipal court records showed that Gibson is set to be arraigned on a charge of fifth-degree felony breaking and entering on Wednesday.

Gibson is also set for a probation violation hearing on a 2013 theft conviction, records add.

Reach Sarah Allen at 937-393-3456, ext. 1680, or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.

Tools allegedly taken from garage valued at $1,350

By Sarah Allen

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