The tell-tale heart forces a confession in Basalt theft
BASALT ” An alleged thief’s guilty conscience led to a confession which resulted in his own arrest and the arrest of an accomplice this week, according to Basalt police.
Sgt. Stu Curry said Luke Heuer seemed relieved to talk when they questioned him recently about the theft of four big-screen televisions from a Basalt house.
“He was feeling really bad and really guilty about stealing these TVs,” Curry said. Heuer told police he couldn’t live “with this life of guilt,” according to Curry.
The four televisions were lifted from a residence at 110 Village Court on Jan. 15. There was one 52-inch model, one 46-inch model and two 32-inch models. The residence was under construction at the time, so police always suspected an inside job, Curry said.
Investigators got a break after an anonymous tip was given to Snowmass Village police and forwarded to Basalt police. The tip led them to Heuer, who was willing to cooperate, according to Curry. Heuer said he and Brian Lee Walker stole the TVs. Walker was an electrician working at the residence. Workers had access to a key so they could work when they wanted.
Heuer, 24, didn’t work at the house but was a longtime friend of Walker. Heuer lived in Basalt at the time of the alleged heist and recently moved to New Castle. Walker, 25, lives in Denver. They used the key to enter the residence at about 2:30 one morning. The TVs were the only items missing, Curry said.
Heuer returned the 52-inch TV to police. He said they sold the three other sets. Police would like the parties who bought the TVs to come forward.
“If it was a screaming deal, it was probably stolen,” he said.
The combined value of the four TVs was about $4,400, police figured.
Walker was uncooperative when police tried to question him, but in later discussions he said he would turn himself in if police obtained an arrest warrant. A judge issued separate warrants for Heuer and Walker on Friday, March 13, and police reached deals for the men to turn themselves in March 16.
Heuer was due at the Garfield County jail that day to start serving a sentence for what Curry believed was a drunken driving conviction. He will remain in custody to deal with the Basalt charge once his Garfield County sentence is served.
Walker turned himself in to Denver police and was transported to the Eagle County jail, Curry said. It couldn’t be determined Thursday if he has bonded out.
Both men were arrested for suspicion of theft and burglary, both fourth-degree felonies, Curry said.
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