Sacto 9-1-1
May 15, 2013
UPDATE: Man booked for burglaries at midtown art gallery linked to 57th Street break-ins

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A man arrested Tuesday by Sacramento police in connection with a rash of midtown business burglaries - including three break-ins at a long-established art gallery -- today was accused of two additional burglaries.

Gregory Musso Knecht, 43, (pictured) was arrested on suspicion of burglary after detectives armed with a warrant on Tuesday searched his residence in the 1500 block of J Street. Property stolen during several recent burglaries was found at Knecht's residence, police said.

Police initially tied Knecht to four business burglaries between May 4 and May 10. Three of the burglaries occurred last week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Barton Gallery, 1723 I St.

The owner of the gallery, Lauren Barton, told The Bee earlier this week that she has closed the gallery due to the burglaries in which an estimated $10,000 in artwork was stolen.

Barton is hopeful that some of the stolen artwork will be among the items recovered.

Barton lauded the police and neighbors of the gallery for the efforts in catching the suspected burglar.

"The police and neighbors were absolutely outstanding, which verified to us that midtown is a really nice, tight community," said Barton.

The fourth burglary occurred May 4 in the 1800 block of J Street.

This afternoon, police linked Knecht to burglaries of another business. They said detectives had recovered from Knecht's home additional stolen property taken during two separate burglaries at the same location, a closed business in the 800 block of 57th Street. Those burglaries occurred on May 4 and May 8 in the early morning hours, police said.

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