A man who police say is a student at the College of Southern Idaho’s Auto Body Technology program is charged with stealing and pawning more than $9,500 worth of mechanic’s tools from the school.
Police say James Logan Kassner, 24, of Twin Falls stole a $1,700 vehicle scanning tool, a $235 wrench, two $350 battery chargers and 16 multi-meter tools ranging from $400 to $675.
Kassner was arraigned April 4 in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on a felony count of grand theft by disposing of stolen property.
An instructor at the CSI auto body program called police in December to report the possible thefts, court documents said. The program directors did not know the tools were missing until a pawn shop employee, who was also a student of the auto body program, called and reported that he believed several tools that had been pawned belonged to the college.
When the instructor inventoried the program’s tools, he realized they were indeed missing several of the tools that were reported stolen, court documents said.
Police found that Kassner was the person who pawned the tools at Magic Valley Pawn and also discovered he pawned tools at Washington Street Pawn, Canyon Pawn and Pawn 1, court documents said. Presented with a list of the stolen tools and where they were pawned, Kassner admitted to taking the tools.
A warrant was issued for Kassner’s arrest March 9 and was served Monday. He’s being held in Twin Falls County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 15.
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