A 23-year-old Mountain Home man already on probation for stealing from his girlfriend’s grandmother is now headed to prison after admitting to breaking into multiple cars and stealing items.
Kevin Andrew Gerts, 23, appeared Tuesday in Baxter County Circuit Court where he entered guilty pleas to multiple counts breaking or entering, theft of property and fleeing. In exchange for the plea, Gerts was sentenced to five years in prison.
On Sept. 8, Mountain Home police officer Brian Corbett was told by a witness Gerts was trying to break into cars at a local business. Responding officers saw Gerts cross Bomber Boulevard and run between some houses.
The officers were able to catch Gerts after a short pursuit. A witness identified Gerts as the person seen trying to break into a vehicle. Officers discovered multiple vehicles had been broken into.
As part of the investigation, officers searched the area near the business. Behind the business, officers found items Gerts admitted to taking from vehicles he had broken into. At the time of his arrest, Gerts was on probation for an earlier felony conviction.
Just seven months prior to breaking into the vehicles, Gerts admitted he stole money from his girlfriend’s grandmother.
That case began on May 19 of last year when Mountain Home police were called regarding the unauthorized use of a debit card. The victim told police she received a printout from her bank detailing four Western Union transactions she did not make.
Police investigated and discovered Gerts, who was dating the woman’s granddaughter, had obtained the grandmother’s debit card information. Upon obtaining the information, Gerts made four money transfers to the account of a friend of his.
Police arrested Gerts and he was eventually convicted of four felony counts of forgery and four misdemeanor counts of theft of property. Upon admitting guilt in the case, Gerts was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to pay restitution to the victim’s bank.
At the time of his latest series of crimes, Gerts had served less than a year of his probationary period. As part of the plea agreement in the latest case, authorities dropped their petition to revoke Gerts’ probation in the earlier case.
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