Police arrest 2 suspects in burglary spree
A nightmare rash of burglaries has been brought to an end, thanks to the police work of Price City Officers and Adult Probation and Parole Agents. After nearly three weeks of business burglaries in and around downtown Price, police believe they have the alleged burglars in custody.
On July 8, Price Detectives arrested Thomas Jeffery Ward, 30 of Price and booked him into the Carbon County Jail on charges which include; Possession of Heroin, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia.
All of the aforementioned drug charges will be enhanced because the arrest took place near to a school zone. Ward was also booked on seven counts of Business Burglary, and seven counts of felony level Criminal Mischief.
The drug possession charges are second degree felonies, and the burglary charges are third, meaning that Ward could face up to 140 years in prison should he receive the maximum penalty in every case. This will most likely not occur but the amount of time he is eligible for shows just how serious this type of crime spree is in the eyes of the law.
Second degree felonies carry a one to 15 year sentencing guideline, whereas third degree felony counts include indeterminate 0 to five year prison terms.
Nicole Ann Greene (also known as Nicole Sanchez), 26, of East Carbon was also arrested and booked on a 72 hour-hold through Adult Probation and Parole on July 8.
As detectives investigated the case, information came to light that allegedly implicated Ward in the crime spree. From there, Detective Sergeant Brandon Sicilia, Detectives Chris Pugliese and Dan Burke, along with Adult Probation and Parole Agent Sam Bowman, contacted Thomas Ward at his Price residence.
Ward allegedly possessed the listed drug items, as well as property from seven documented business burglaries.
Earlier in the week, Apple Country Crafts and an Allstate office were targeted. The Business Plaza at 150 South, 700 East had every business in the building attacked. From the evidence left at the crimes, city police were able to work out a pattern.
From there, specific evidence was collected by detectives who then used the state crime lab's resources to pinpoint their suspects, explained Barnes.
After discerning Ward's identity, detectives put out an All Points Bulletin (APB) to locate his girlfriend, Nicole Greene, who had also allegedly been linked to the crime spree.
Greene was located later that evening in Duchesne and arrested by Adult Probation and Parole Agents there.
Detectives Pugliese and Burke retrieved Greene and booked her into the Carbon County Jail on a 72 Hour-Hold per the parameters of her probationary agreement with the court.
To further strengthen the case against Green and Ward, Greene was allegedly in possession of stolen property from the burglaries when arrested as well.
Captain Barnes was adamant about the fact that the investigation is far from over and that other suspects as well as businesses and merchandise may come to light.
According to Barnes, as police piece together a narrative stretching across nearly three weeks of nightly burglaries more charges are almost certain to come.
After receiving all of the cases, the Carbon County Attorney's Office will review the information and levy and all appropriate formal charges.
"This is the worst theft spree I have seen in a 30 year law enforcement career," said Barnes when discussing the cases earlier this week. "When a person starts committing crimes at this level, the entire community becomes a victim."