OGDEN -- An accused burglar's claim that he was just practicing to be a locksmith proved to be a key in his arrest, according to police.
Justin Atmore, 31, was arrested by Weber County Sheriff's Office deputies Sunday.
Atmore has been charged with burglary of a vehicle, manufacture/possession of burglary tools, possession/use of a firearm by a restricted person, five counts of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He has been released from jail.
Weber County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched Sunday to a vehicle burglary in progress, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Detective J. Kelley.
When the officers arrived, they found Atmore, who told them he was practicing to be a locksmith on the car he is accused of burglarizing.
Kelley said he observed at the scene several burglary tools, including lock picks, pliers, knives, a screwdriver, bolt cutters and a small glass pipe commonly used for smoking illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine.
A search warrant was obtained and numerous items were seized from a truck, including several purses, wallets, a camera, religious books and scriptures and DVDs that had been stolen. Also located in the truck was a stolen .380-caliber handgun and gems valued at $5,000, the affidavit says. Atmore admitted to using methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.