Price cops nab 3 suspects in firearms burglary
Three Carbon County residents were arrested Friday after police connected them with an early morning home invasion and robbery in north Price.
According to Price City Police Capt. Bill Barnes, the victim returned home from work at 6:30 a.m., noticed some missing items and realized that his residence had been burglarized. Various hunting items, a muzzle loader and three handguns were reportedly taken during the incident. The total value of the stolen property is estimated to be more than $1,500.
Detective Chris Pugliese immediately started an investigation and tracked two suspects to a residence along the 400 North block of east Price.
City officers along with Carbon County Sheriff's Deputies set up a perimeter around the home and began knocking on the door. "Although it was known that persons were inside the home, no one would answer," said Capt. Barnes.
As the suspects would not open the door, written permission was obtained to enter and search the residence by the owner of the property, who was at a different location.
Just then one of the suspects, Cody Jones, 30, of Price, exited the home with another unidentified adult female. They were detained, Barnes said.
As Jones was being taken into custody, Malia Theorine, 33, exited the rear of the home and was also detained by police, according to the release.
Upon searching the residence, police located Manuel Mitcheson, 31, hiding in a bedroom and made their third arrest.
An inventory of the home yielded the stolen firearms and hunting gear from the Friday morning home invasion as well as several other stolen items including two laptop computers, Barnes said.
Jones was booked on a second degree felony residential burglary count as well as related firearms offenses. He also had two outstanding statewide warrants.
Mitcheson was arrested on a second degree felony residential burglary count as well as the firearms offenses. It is also anticipated that he will be charged with three other felony theft cases which have been active with the Price Police, said Barnes.
Earlier this year, Mitcheson plead guilty to two third-degree felonies for theft and escape from custody. He had been given two indeterminate sentences of zero to five years in prison, but Seventh Judicial District Judge Douglas B. Thomas suspended the sentences and put Mitcheson on probation after 120 days in jail were served. He had already logged 80 days in jail by the time of the June 24 sentencing.
Theorine was arrested for two statewide warrants and is being investigated for other unrelated charges on different cases. The Price woman will face sentencing on a third-degree possession or use of a controlled substance charge on Dec. 16.
Price police are also working with other jurisdictions that have unrelated active cases potentially involving the listed suspects.
"Entry was made through an open door Friday morning," said Barnes. "Price police are cautioning area residents to make sure and lock all doors and windows regardless of how long they plan to leave their home."