ST. GEORGE – A St. George man faces multiple counts of burglary after being arrested Tuesday by police, thanks to observant citizens.
St. George police officers responded to the area of 1200 East and 300 South in St George after a 911 caller stated that someone was inside the residence. The homeowner heard the intruder and caught a quick glance of him. The intruder fled the residence once officers arrived. It appeared that nothing was taken from the residence.
Police began to search the surrounding area for the suspect and were notified by citizens that they had watched an adult male acting suspiciously. The police were then directed to a nearby backyard where 24-year-old Andre Stephen Wilde, of St. George, was hiding at the time.
Wilde was taken into custody and was not in possession of any weapons or property and cooperated with officers and detectives during the arrest.
Through further investigation St. George police detectives have determined Wilde has been involved in other burglaries and added an additional eight counts of residential burglary and one count of business burglary.
St George police detectives are looking at the possibility of additional charges against Wilde.
There has been no property recovered in any of these cases, however St George police detectives are still actively working these cases.
The St. George Police Department is asking that citizens do not contact them regarding property. Detectives will be contacting possible victims in regards to these cases.
As parts of the investigation are ongoing, St. George Sgt. Sam Despain was unable to confirm whether not Wilde was involved in the series of residential burglaries that occurred on the east side of St. George in February. Homes in that area were located between Mall Drive and 3050 East.
Wilde has had his initial appearance in Fifth District Court and is slated to make his first roll call appearance on April 29, at 2:30 p.m. He currently faces eight counts of second-degree burglary of a dwelling, and one third-degree count of burglary of a nondwelling. His bail currently stands at $95,000
Additional charges could be added pending the results of the continuing investigation.
Wilde is not a suspect in the residential burglary/assault that occurred earlier this week on 1000 East in St. George. That investigation is still active.
As a statement from the police, Despain said:
This arrest is an excellent example of the police and citizens working together. The St George Police Department is grateful to concerned citizens who took the time to report suspicious behavior.
The St George Police Department supports the statement made by Mayor Dan McArthur: ‘If you see something, say something.’
The St George Police Department would also like to remind citizens to take precautions which could prevent them from becoming a victim of a crime. Remember to lock doors, put away valuables, write down serial numbers, and photograph jewelry and other valuables.
Ed. Note: Persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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