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January 7, 2009

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WEATHERFORD — A pair of Rendon, Texas, men have been apprehended and charged with the December burglary of a Weatherford City Council member’s home.

Aaron Skipper, 27, and 18-year-old Floyd Kuykendall face from two to 20 years in prison for the burglary of Jan Barton’s residence on Clear Creek Drive in which jewelry, electronics, furs and guns were stolen.

Weatherford Police responded to the burglary Dec. 6, and discovered several thousand dollars worth of jewelry, a laptop computer, several fur coats and several firearms were taken.

During the investigation, detectives contacted several individuals who had access to the home over the days prior to the burglary.

The detectives were able to develop information that led them to believe employees of a contractor, hired to work on the residence, were possibly involved.

After conducting what a WPD release called “a lengthy investigation,” officers questioned the two suspects who subsequently confessed to committing the burglary.

“Investigators with the Weatherford Police Department and the Weatherford/Parker County Special Crimes Unit worked diligently throughout the holidays to solve this crime,” Captain Greg Lance said.

Investigators were able to recover several pieces of the jewelry and several of the furs. Authorities are currently working to recover the remaining stolen property.

“Before homeowners allow contractors into their home, they should ask for local references, required licenses and bonding, and contact the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the business,” Lance said. “If the contractor is not willing to provide a homeowner with this information, it may benefit them to find someone else.”

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