ST. GEORGE – Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 32-year-old Leeds man Monday for firearms theft after he allegedly stole four guns, two of which he said he used to pay off a drug debt.
Deputies located Frank Nathan Madrid on the 400 South block of Silver Valley Road in Leeds to detain him for questioning about a theft case involving four stolen firearms, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Tibbitts said in his probable cause statements supporting the arrest.
“I informed (Madrid) that I had pawn tickets showing that he had recently pawned two firearms that had been reported stolen,” Tibbitts said in the statement.
Madrid told Tibbitts he had been in possession of two firearms and that he did pawn them, the statement said. He also stated that he intended on giving the firearms back and believed he was lawfully in possession of them.
After further questioning, Madrid admitted that he had been in possession of all four firearms reported stolen.
“(Madrid) stated that he pawned two of the firearms locally,” Tibbitts said, “but that two of the guns were given to another person to pay a drug debt.”
Madrid was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. He was charged with four second-degree felonies for firearms theft. According to booking records, his bail is set at $40,000.
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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