By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Perkins man accused of burglarizing a woman’s unlocked house from which a large television and lamp were reportedly stolen was arraigned this week on a felony charge and ordered to return to court on Oct. 20.
If convicted of second-degree burglary, Michael Benjamin Hill, 49, who has been released from jail on $5,000 bail, could be imprisoned for two to seven years.
Hill was arrested by Perkins Police Officer Spencer Gedon at 10:24 pm on Aug. 29 at Hill’s residence where a yard sale had been held, court records show.
A Perkins woman said “she had left her home and when she returned, she noticed the antenna for her TV was on the living room floor,” and her television was gone, an affidavit said.
She told the officer she knew who took her TV, since she had walked to a yard sale where a man helped her carry some items back to her unlocked house, the officer’s affidavit alleged. The woman’s daughter said “they did not have a housekey because she had left it in anther vehicle,” the affidavit said.
A neighbor said he saw a man go into the woman’s house and had surveillance footage of the incident on his cell phone, which the Perkins officer watched, the affidavit alleged.
The burglary victim said, “that was the same man that helped her carry the items she had purchased at the yard sale back to her house,” the affidavit alleged.
After the officer went to an elderly woman’s home where Hill was staying, “Michael told me he would give me the TV,” Gedon alleged in his affidavit.
Inside Hill’s room was a 55-inch TV and a lamp that the home owner said did not belong there, the affidavit alleged.
Iowa Tribe Officer Chad Brown, who assisted the Perkins officer and also talked to the burglary victim, said she was missing a lamp from her house, Gedon alleged in his affidavit.