Man ad­mits steal­ing from re­tire­ment cen­ter

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - TRACY M. NEAL

BEN­TONVILLE — A Bella Vista man was sen­tenced to four years in prison af­ter he ad­mit­ted steal­ing from res­i­dents of a Rogers re­tire­ment cen­ter.

Kyle Knappenberger, 22, pleaded guilty to four counts of res­i­den­tial bur­glary and two counts of theft of prop­erty Mon­day. The plea came un­der an agree­ment Shane Wilkin­son, Knappenberger’s at­tor­ney, reached with Thomas All­good, deputy pros­e­cu­tor.

Knappenberger was ar­rested Jan. 27. Rogers po­lice re­ceived a call about a sus­pi­cious per­son walk­ing around Ap­ple Blos­som Re­tire­ment Cen­ter. An of­fi­cer learned a care­giver es­corted the man into an of­fice. Po­lice iden­ti­fied the man as Knappenberger, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Po­lice re­ceived pre­vi­ous re­ports of bur­glar­ies at the cen­ter in­clud­ing a Jan. 21 in­ci­dent where $ 4,700 in jew­elry and $100 was stolen from a res­i­dent. A Jan. 25 re­port stated $500, a wed­ding ring and per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pa­pers were stolen from an­other res­i­dent.

A Jan. 26 re­port stated two watches with di­a­monds val­ued at $3,000, a gold coin neck­lace val­ued at $ 1,200, a di­a­mond ring val­ued at $2,000 and a three-di­a­mond ring val­ued at $3,000 were stolen from an­other res­i­dent.

The owner also re­ported other jew­elry was miss­ing. Po­lice took a sec­ond re­port Jan. 26 in which $50 and pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion were stolen.

Knappenberger was wear­ing two neck­laces he gave to po­lice, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. Po­lice showed the neck­laces to cen­ter em­ploy­ees and a care­giver iden­ti­fied the items as stolen.

The owner was able to iden­tify the neck­laces as be­long­ing to her.

Po­lice found ev­i­dence Knappenberger and Sa­van­nah Marks, 22, of Ben­tonville sold many of the items, and po­lice were able to re­cover some from area pawn shops, ac­cord­ing to the prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit.

Wilkin­son told Benton County Cir­cuit Judge Robin Green that Knappenberger had been through drug treat­ment.

“If he wasn’t do­ing drugs he wouldn’t have com­mit­ted any of these crimes,” Wilkin­son said.

Green ac­cepted the plea agree­ment and Knappenberger’s guilty pleas.

Knappenberger was sen­tenced to four years in the Arkansas De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tion, but he could be trans­ferred to a re­gional pun­ish­ment fa­cil­ity.

He was given a 20-year sus­pended sen­tence and must pay $10,165 in resti­tu­tion.

Green warned Knappenberger he could be sen­tenced to more than 100 years in prison if he vi­o­lates the terms of the sus­pended sen­tence agree­ment.

“You’ve got ev­ery in­cen­tive in the world to re­main drug free and make pay­ments like you are sup­pose to,” Green said.

Knappenberger was on pro­ba­tion at the time of his ar­rest. Green re­voked the pro­ba­tion. That case could have been ex­punged if Knappenberger had suc­cess­fully com­pleted pro­ba­tion.

Marks also was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the bur­glar­ies. Her case hasn’t been re­solved.


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