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Two Riverton men charged in home robbery
Jan 10, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer
Two young Riverton men are facing burglary charges for allegedly robbing a man's house Nov. 30 on the advice of his grandson.
Implicated are Clayton Reinick, 18, and Michael Glon, 22, who have been arrested on one charge each of burglary.
The investigation began Dec. 2 after Ira Ablard, 64, of Riverton, reported that roughly $800 in cash, 10-15 silver dollar coins, and two coffee cans of change worth about $200 were missing from his home in the 200 block of East Jackson Avenue. He said he discovered the money was missing after finding two men in his driveway a few days earlier.
Ablard said he came home Nov. 30 and saw an American Indian man wearing a stocking cap and dark clothes. The man was accompanied by a thin, blond white man in a blue coat, according to an affidavit in the case. The white man reportedly stayed back, but the first man approached Ablard and asked if Ablard's grandson, Leif Krumland, 17, was home.
Ablard reportedly went inside his house to look for Krumland but did not find him. The two men were gone when Ablard returned outside to talk to them, according to the affidavit.
Later, Ablard said he looked around his home and found the nearly $1,200 in currency missing.
Riverton Police Department officer Anthony Armstrong interviewed Krumland on Dec. 10. At first, the teen said he didn't know anything about the crime, but he later said he knew who robbed the house, according to the affidavit. He identified his friend Maurice King, 19, of Riverton, and another man Armstrong thought to be Glon.
Armstrong met with King that day, and King reportedly told the officer about the robbery. According to the affidavit, Glon had approached King about the robbery. Glon reportedly told King that Krumland come up with a plan to steal money from Ablard's house.
King said that Krumland had told Glon that Ablard kept $50,000 in a safe in his basement. Krumland reportedly said the lock required a combination, but he thought the numbers would be written down near the safe. King said Reinick also was involved in planning the robbery, according to the affidavit.
King said he went to Ablard's house with Reinick and Glon at 1 a.m. Nov. 30. King reportedly stayed in the car while the other two went into Ablard's house. The two reportedly came back to the car saying they had not found anything.
The trio returned to the house the next day, King said. Again, he said he stayed in the car while the other two entered the residence. King said he saw Ablard's vehicle approaching and decided to flee, walking to a friend's house and getting a ride home.
King said Glon later berated him for leaving the scene. Glon reportedly said he had to distract Ablard and make an excuse for their presence by asking about Krumland. According to the affidavit, Glon said he and Reinick left quickly after the interaction.
King said Krumland was in Powell during the burglary.
On Dec. 13, Armstrong asked Ablard to use photographs to identify the men who spoke to Ablard in the driveway. Ablard reportedly identified Glon but not Reinick, according to the affidavit.
That same day, Armstrong said he went to speak with Glon and Reinick at an apartment in the 3000 block of College Hill Drive in Riverton. Glon reportedly said he had entered Ablard's house to rob it, according to the affidavit.
Krumland had reportedly told Glon about the money after making a deal with King to split the cash, Glon said. Glon said he, King and Reinick all were in Ablard's house, but Glon did not take anything.
Armstrong interviewed Reinick next. Reinick said he went into Ablard's basement through a separate entrance with Glon and King in order to look for money. Reinick said he saw Glon and King carry out cans of change, according to the affidavit. Glon said they took the money to a grocery store and put it into a change machine to get bills.
Reinick waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over to District Court on Jan. 5. Glon is set to have a preliminary hearing in Riverton Circuit Court on Jan. 22.
The maximum penalty for burglary is 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.