CEDAR CITY – Police arrested a 19-year-old Las Vegas man Sunday after he and two juveniles he had brought with him to Cedar City allegedly tried to break into a local restaurant to steal money.
Cedar City Police booked Ian Michael Mack into the Iron County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail. Mack is facing charges for aggravated burglary, a second-degree felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor.
Both juveniles were taken to the Iron County Youth Detention Center. A 17-year-old male is looking at the same charges as Mack, while a 16-year-old male was arrested for aggravated attempted burglary in addition to possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.
The juveniles will likely remain in detention, at least until they see a judge who will determine when and who they will be released to, Cpl. Clint Pollock said.
Pollock, who made the arrest, said he was called to the scene at around 11 a.m. on a report of suspicious activity outside Costa Vida restaurant located on South Providence Center Drive.
Police were talking to one of the male suspects in the parking lot of the restaurant that was closed at the time when they realized there was a person on the roof who was later identified as Mack, a former employee of Costa Vida, Pollock said.
The third suspect returned to the scene at which time police determined he was also part of the incident.
“Part of the reason they (suspects) drove up here was because they were planning to break in to the restaurant,” Pollock said. “But the two juveniles also wanted to check out the track and the track team at SUU (Southern Utah University). They were thinking about attending the university.”
A further search of the vehicle allegedly found two CO2 pistols and marijuana joints.
“The aggravated charge is because they had the CO2 pistols that looked like the real thing,” Pollock said. “It’s amazing how real they look. If I would have seen that gun I would’ve thought it was real and would have responded accordingly.”
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