You Think You Have a Bad Neighbor?

This story from local news and radio station KSL may be the worst story I’ve ever heard about a bad condominium neighbor:

PARK CITY — A Park City man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly furnished his condo by stealing his nearby neighbor’s furniture, including a refrigerator containing 12 packages of elk meat.

Johnathan Christian Hattaway, 38, is charged in 3rd District Court with burglary, a second-degree felony, and theft, a third-degree felony. Additional details of his alleged crime were released in a search warrant unsealed in court Tuesday.

On Oct. 17, a couple living at the Prospector Condominiums came home to discover much of their furniture was missing. The missing items included a stainless steel refrigerator, a large wooden armoire, a queen-size mattress, a bed frame, queen-sized box springs, two lamps, cleaning supplies and 12 packages of elk meat, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Investigators determined that a key card had been made without authorization and was used to enter the condo, the warrant states.

Two days later, as officers were investigating several reports of criminal mischief and a vehicle burglary in the same area, they “determined John Christian Hattaway was a person of interest in these said cases,” according to the affidavit.

Detectives discovered Hattaway lived just one or two doors away. Officers went to Hattaway’s condo to talk to him. Using their body cameras, the officers recorded the furniture in the house as they walked around and later showed the video to the couple who had their furniture stolen. The couple identified many of the items as theirs, the warrant states.

“The defendant told the officers that he had thought that (the other condo) was a low income rental so he thought he could exchange his property for the property in (it),” according to charging documents.

Two days after being charged in Summit County, Hattaway was charged in Salt Lake County Justice Court with shoplifting, a class B misdemeanor. On Aug. 10, he pleaded guilty to theft of services in Summit County Justice Court, according to court records.

Nice excuse about the low income neighbor. He thought they residents were low income, so it was OK to steal the furniture?


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