Real Estate

Abilene police make arrest in connection with murdered real estate agent

Agent’s brother-in-law being held on $400K bond

A few short days ago, a real estate agent in Abilene, Texas, was shot and killed inside his home. Now, the police have made an arrest in connection with the case.

Monday morning, 54-year-old real estate agent Tom Niblo [pictured below] was shot and killed in his home, an act which police believe wasn’t random.


Now, police arrested the agent’s brother-in-law Luke Sweetser on charges of theft of a firearm, according to an article by Jamie Burch for KXTS. However, police say that the arrest was in connection to Niblo’s murder. He is now being held on a $400,000 bond.

From the article:

According to the arrest warrant obtained by KTXS, police found several stolen firearms in a storage facility on Mesquite Street police say was used by Sweetser. KTXS spotted police back at the facility Wednesday afternoon.

KTXS later witnessed investigators unload 21 long guns, 4 pistols, several magazines and several boxes of ammo they had seized from the storage facility. The weapons are just some of the more than 100 pieces of evidence Police Chief Stan Standridge said his investigators recovered over the past two days.

Now, the Abilene Police Department acquired a search warrant to take a DNA swab from Sweetser, according to an article by Brian Bethel for Abilene Reporter. His DNA will be compared to the DNA found on the a stolen gun that was obtained in connection to the shooting.

Niblo’s wife, who was in the house when her husband was murdered, said she heard shots fired and managed to escape. She now told a friend that she heard as many as 10 shots, the article states.

HousingWire reached out to the APD for more details on Sweetser, however they declined to comment.

We will continue to follow and update the story as more information is provided.

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