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Scottsbluff man charged with burglary

January 6, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — A 40-year-old Scottsbluff man is accused of burglarizing a local auto dealer and stealing a credit card he used to make unauthorized charges and withdrawals.

Roger Kling has been charged with burglary, a Class IIA felony, and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, a Class I misdemeanor.

An employee of Country Auto Sales contacted police on Nov. 2 to report that someone had broken into the office and stolen a cash box ouf of a safe. The employee believed that a customer may have seen employees of the business put keys away in a location in the office as there was no damage to the safe.

The employee told police that $100 in cash and a debit card in the name of Country Auto Sales, through Midstate Bank, was in the lock box.

On Nov. 6, police obtained bank statements for the Visa card that showed that more than $1,000 in charges or withdrawals were made from the Country Auto Sales bank account. Police were able to obtain video and still photos from one of the locations where the credit card was used. Officers were able to identify the man in the videos as Kling.

A warrant for Kling’s arrest was issued on Nov. 21 and he was arrested in Lincoln County on Dec. 19. He appeared Friday in Scotts Bluff County Court and was arraigned on charges.

Kling is being held on a $20,000 bond and is next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 12.