Jeffrey A. Johnson, charged with stealing two items intended to benefit the family of murder victim Andrea Kruger, was identified on video surveillance at a local pawn shop trying to sell the items, an investigator said Tuesday.
Johnson, 50, is charged with stealing a 50-inch LG plasma television and a framed photo of University of Nebraska Memorial Stadium.
He and Kristen Hunt, 26, who also is facing theft charges, were seen on the video the day after the Sept. 27 theft, Douglas County Deputy Travis Whitten said during a court hearing for Johnson.
Johnson is charged with theft by receiving stolen property, a Class IV felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
A fingerprint ID card at the pawn shop led authorities to Hunt, Whitten said. Pawn shops make fingerprint ID cards and copies of driver's licenses on most sales.
Johnson and Hunt, his girlfriend, allegedly stole the items from a silent auction at Deja Vu Lounge in southwest Omaha. The owner of the bar, where Kruger worked, had made the winning bids of $500 for the TV and $230 for the picture.
Kruger, 33, was fatally shot Aug. 21 near 168th and Fort Streets. Proceeds from the fundraiser went to her husband, Michael-Ryan Kruger, and their three children.
Nikko Jenkins and an uncle, Warren Levering, are charged with first-degree murder in Kruger's slaying. Other family members are facing lesser charges in the case.
Whitten said the pawn shop gave Johnson and Hunt $225 for both items before realizing they had been stolen. The shop showed the video to the lounge's owner, who recognized Johnson as a regular bar customer, Whitten said.
“We feel fairly confident” about the case, Johnson's attorney, Lenny Thebarge Jr., said after Tuesday's hearing.
Johnson was ordered held over for trial in Douglas County District Court.