Burglar who pulled gun on man faces new charges; gun traced back to prior burglary

SANTA CLARA — A Washington City man, arrested early Sunday morning after burglarizing vehicles in Santa Clara and threatening a resident with a handgun, faces a new second-degree felony charge Tuesday for theft after it was discovered the handgun he used in Sunday’s incident was stolen during a previous crime.

Keith Harrold Bergman III, of Washington City, Utah, booking photo posted May 5, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Keith Harrold Bergman III, of Washington City, Utah, booking photo posted May 5, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Keith Harrold Bergman III was incarcerated at the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility Sunday, charged with one second-degree felony for using a concealed weapon in commission of a violent felony; a third-degree felony for aggravated assault; and seven misdemeanor charges for vehicle burglary, failure to stop at an officer’s command, interference with an arresting officer and alcohol-related offenses. Tuesday, he was newly charged with another second-degree felony for theft of a firearm.

Sunday’s charges stemmed from Bergman’s arrest after a Santa Clara resident was awakened by a noise in his driveway just before 3 a.m. Sunday and discovered Bergman burglarizing vehicles.

Bergman allegedly pulled a gun on the resident when the resident confronted him.

Responding officers found a loaded .22-caliber handgun on Bergman. The gun’s serial number was then traced back to a Washington City vehicle burglary, during which the handgun had been stolen, according to a probable cause statement written by Ivins-Santa Clara Public Safety Officer Jason Shafer in support of the arrest.

Bail amount for the new charge was set at $10,000.

Bergman is scheduled to make his next court appearance on May 11.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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