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Suspect in gun theft claims he was merely collecting on debt

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Posted at 8:19 PM, Jan 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-10 22:19:02-05

LAYTON, Utah – A man is in jail after he allegedly stole several firearms from a former roommate as part of a plan to recover an alleged debt.

Police said David Strickland is accused of using a key to get into a home he used to share with a roommate, and when the roommate’s girlfriend saw the suspect he allegedly pointed a gun at her before leaving with the roommate’s two handguns and a rifle.

Strickland was arrested in Moab, where he went into custody without a fight. Lt. Jason Hinojosa of the Layton Police Department said Strickland told police he took the weapons in payment for a debt he claims his former roommate owed to him.

“He didn’t seem to be a dangerous person,” Hinojosa said of Strickland. “What it seemed to be was stemming from a perceived debt, or an actual debt, owed to him. So he went to the house, gathered the firearms as a payment for the debt he believed he was owed.”

Strickland is in the Davis County Jail and he faces burglary, assault and theft of firearm charges.