Stolen Guns Recovered from Newton Burglary


Published on July 17 2017 1:36 pm
Last Updated on July 17 2017 1:36 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

An investigation into a burglary at a Newton business has resulted in the recovery of stolen items and an arrest.

Jasper County State's Attorney Chad Miller said the Sunday investigation was into a Friday burglary at Yale Rebuilders at 708 W. Jourdan Street in Newton. Michael Fischer owns and operates the business.

Miller said, acting on information from the public on Sunday, Newton police officers worked with him to obtain a search warrant for the residence of 27-year-old Jeffrey R. Culter. It was believed that Culter had taken cash, guns and electronics from Yale Rebuilders and had kept those items inside his home on Stanley Street in Newton. A subsequent search of the residence uncovered a stolen laptop computer and drug evidence, including methamphetamine. Shortly after searching Culter's residence, officers located Culter, who was not at home, on a traffic stop. Miller said further investigation and questioning of Culter resulted in the recovery of stolen cash, and a number of stolen firearms.

Culter was arrested on a Class 2 felony count of burglary and a Class 3 felony count of possession of methamphetamine. He is slated to make his initial court appearance on the counts on Tuesday.

Authorities believe Culter on Friday attempted to burglarize several other businesses in Newton.

Miller and the Newton Police Department want to remind homeowners and business operators to continue to take appropriate measures to keep property secure and to report anything out of the ordinany.