Brother-in-Law of Homicide Victim Arrested on Weapons Charge

ABILENE (KTAB/KRBC) -- The brother-in-law of Abilene murder victim Tom Niblo has been arrested on weapons charges.

APD tweeted Wednesday evening about the arrest of Luke Sweetser, 45, who was wanted in connection to stolen weapons found while police were executing a search warrant in connection to Niblo's murder investigation, a court document confirms.

Sweetser is married to the sister of Tom Niblo, 54, according to an obituary listing for Niblo's father.  Niblo was shot and killed at his home on the 3700 block of Woodridge Drive Monday morning.

There is still no word on whether or not APD has a suspect for the murder.

Court documents say that officers executed a search warrant on a storage facility under Sweetser's control, and in that facility, detectives discovered a safe that had a LWRC 233 caliber rifle inside, "along with several other firearms that match the descriptions of firearms that have also been reported stolen."

The firearms were reported stolen by local attorney Randy Wilson, according to the documents. Online records show Wilson reported the theft in September of 2016.

KTAB and KRBC were on scene when members of the Abilene Police Department searched two properties in connection to Niblo's murder Tuesday night. 

APD confirmed they searched a warehouse that belonged to the Niblo family at the intersection on North 4th and Mesquite Street.

A KTAB and KRBC crew also noticed a police searching a home on the 1600 of Sylvan Street the belonged to Niblo's sister [Sweetser's wife] around the same time. Through the blinds, a reporter was able to see officers searching through the residence. These officers later left with a computer and a box.

Police would neither confirm nor deny if this search was related to the murder.

APD issues the following news release Wednesday:

Niblo Murder Investigation Update (12-14-16, 5:40 pm): 

This investigation is ongoing.  The Abilene Police Department has executed more than a dozen search warrants, recovered and categorized more than 100 pieces of evidence, and spent hundreds of hours running down all leads.   

APD wishes to thank the community for many good tips.  An arrest has been made in relation to this investigation.  The arrest stems from a weapons offense, but APD cannot comment further. 

We appreciate everyone’s patience as the Department works diligently to solve this crime.


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