Prosecutors charged two men with stealing a neighbor's valuables and trying to sell them at a garage sale down the street.
A 44-year-old Salt Lake City man and a 49-year-old man were both charged in 3rd District Court on Wednesday with burglary and theft, both second-degree felonies.
On June 1, a woman house-sitting for a family in Salt Lake City left the house locked and when she returned the next day she found the front door open and the house burglarized, according to court documents.
A responding officer noticed a window had been removed from the rear of the house.
When the owners returned home on June 2, they saw several television sets and small clocks missing estimated to be worth $6,000, documents state.
The homeowners suspected their neighbor down the street was the culprit and went to his house. The neighbor was having a garage sale. As the homeowners and police walked through the sale and house with permission of the neighbor, they found several of their missing items including speakers and hand-labeled Avon beauty products, court records state.
When confronted, the 44-year-old neighbor said his 49-year-old friend brought the items to his house for the garage sale.
A detective interviewed the 49-year-old man who admitted to breaking into the house through a window and taking the items. He told the detective his friend having the garage sale tipped him off a few days earlier and told him the homeowners would be out of town and how he could enter the home, according to court records.
Several other stolen items were also stored in boxes at another friend's home, documents state.