Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Trial set in gun theft case

House painter charged with 4 felonies


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Matthew Neal Robertson

A Feb. 15 jury trial has been scheduled for a house painter accused of stealing handguns from a mid-valley customer.

Matthew Neal Robertson, a 28-year-old former Blaine County man who court records state now lives in Boise, was arraigned on four felony counts of grand theft Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court. He pleaded not guilty to all four charges.

Judge Robert J. Elgee informed Robertson that each count is punishable by up to 14 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Robertson is currently free on $5,000 bond. He is represented by Hailey attorney Cheri Hicks under her public defender contract with Blaine County.

Robertson is accused of stealing four handguns from the customer's home on Desperado Drive when he was performing work at the residence while the owner was away between March 1 and June 27.

He allegedly later sold all four guns in Boise. The weapons have a total estimated value of $2,500.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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