Jasper County State's Attorney, Chad M. Miller, announced that on July 16, 2017, an investigation into a burglary which occurred on July 14, 2017, at 708 W. Jourdan Street, Newton, Illinois, which is a business owned by Michael Fischer, culminated in the recovery of stolen items and an arrest. Law enforcement officers with the Newton Police Department were called in to investigate a burglary that occurred the night of July 14, 2017, at Yale Rebuilders, a business operated by Michael Fischer.

Acting on information acquired from the public on July 16, 2017, Newton Police Officers worked with Jasper County State's Attorney, Chad M. Miller, to obtain a search warrant for the residence of Jeffrey R. Culter, (D.O.B. 1/04/1990), the suspect in the burglary. It was believed that Jeffrey R. Culter had taken cash, guns and electronics from Yale Rebuilders and had kept those item inside of his home at 207 Stanley Street, Newton, Illinois.

A subsequent search of the residence uncovered a stolen laptop computer and drug evidence, including methamphetamine. Shortly after searching 207 Stanley Street, officers located Jeffrey R. Culter on a traffic stop, as he was not home at the time of the search. Further investigation and questioning of Jeffrey R. Culter resulted in the recovery of stolen cash, and a number of stolen firearms. Jeffrey R. Culter is in custody at the Jasper County Jail awaiting bond to be set at a bond hearing on July 18, 2017. He is charged with Burglary, Class 2 Felony and Possession of Methamphetamine, a Class 3 Felony.

State's Attorney Miller commended the quick work of the Newton Police Department. He stated, “diligent police work in this case helped ensure that stolen firearms and ammunition were recovered before they could be used to victimize any of our citizens.”

It is believed that on July 14, 2017, Jeffrey Culter attempted to burglarize several other businesses in Newton, Illinois. State's Attorney Miller and the Newton Police Department want to remind homeowners and business to continue to take appropriate measures to keep property secure and to report anything out of the ordinary.

Statements made herein are based upon probably cause. All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.