Joe David Garrett, 40, Cottonwood, has been arrested by Cottonwood Police and charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of possession of stolen property.
An 18-year-old resident of the 300 block of South 17th Place in Cottonwood awoke Feb. 4 and found that his locked truck had been burglarized overnight and the stereo deck and amplifier had been taken. A 47-year-old man at the residence told police he was also missing a number of items.
On Tuesday, the burglary victim's neighbor heard something outside where the tools and the truck were located. She got up and looked outside and saw what she described as a man about the size of the older man and thought it was him and went back to bed.
The younger man said he saw his ex-stepfather, Joe Garrett, around the area a week earlier. The older victim also saw Garrett. Both believe it was around that time they noticed that tools were missing from the back porch and reported the theft to police.
The young man said his driver's license had been taken from a cubbyhole in his truck. All together, they reported missing a battery booster, china set, stereo deck and amplifier, a tent, buffer sander, toolbox with miscellaneous tools and a Dremel with bits. All the items were valued at $1,570.
The young victim suspected Joe Garrett because he did not notice these items missing until he saw him a week ago. He also stated some of the tools that were missing at one time belonged to Joe Garrett. He stated when they lived together Joe left the old residence with an unpaid debt for which the young man and his mother were ultimately responsible. Garrett had left his tools at the residence so the victim took them for compensation of the debt.
The officers went to 300 N. 11th St. to talk with Garrett and the suspect gave them permission to look in the house for the stolen items. The room contained two tool boxes, a Dremel, a Black & Decker bit set, a navy blue backpack with a number of tools and other items reported missing from the house.
The officer also spotted Joe Garrett's identification and wallet. The young man's driver's license was among them.
After the necessary paperwork, Garrett was transported to the YCSO jail.