Thursday, July 11, 2019

Gans Man Charged with Two Felonies

A Gans man was charged with two felonies after a June 26 arrest.

Hunter Killian, 18, was charged with second-degree burglary and grand larceny, according to a police report.

Killian was a suspect in a break-in at a storage building northwest of Vian. 

Killian told police that on the night of the break-in, he and his co-conspirators took hammers and beat the padlock off the building’s door. They then entered the building and took more than $4,000 in dimes. 

Killian said the three loaded the coins into a plastic tote, then placed them in the pickup they were driving.

He also said the three went to two different Fort Smith Walmart stores to cash in the dimes. They then split the money three ways, giving the trio about $1,300 each. Killian said they then went to Central Mall in Fort Smith, where they bought shoes, hats and knives, spending most of the money.

Killian also stated that when he got out of jail he would return the ill-gotten gains to the sheriff’s office.

The grand larceny charge reveals that the dimes were not the only thing stolen. About three weeks before the burglary, police say, the trio stole three 20-gauge shotguns, a Ruger .22 and a 6-inch switchblade. The crime is punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for up to a year and a fine not more than $1,000.

The burglary charge is punishable by 7 years in prison.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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