WASHINGTON CITY — Twenty days after being released from custody on $100,000 bail pending trial for 22 felony counts of theft and burglary of a dwelling, a Washington City man was arrested again early Wednesday morning for his alleged involvement in additional home burglaries this week.
Police responded to multiple reports of burglarized homes Tuesday in an area which Washington City Police Public Information Officer Ed Kantor characterized as a “smaller subdivision” south of the Virgin River in the Washington Fields area.
According to a probable cause statement filed by the Washington City Police Department in support of the arrest, several items were allegedly stolen from the garages of the homes — including a Ruger .22 rifle.
A resident of one of the homes reportedly captured the burglary suspect in surveillance footage. According to the statement, after reviewing the footage, officers were able to identify the suspect as 23-year-old Jeremy Allen Cogdell.
Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Cogdell’s residence in Washington City Tuesday night. Neighbors reported seeing police SWAT teams flash bombing Cogdell’s home as the incident unfolded.
During the search, authorities located the stolen items in Cogdell’s room, the report stated. In addition to the stolen property, officers allegedly located several preloaded syringes with morphine, drug paraphernalia, a shotgun and a handgun.
Cogdell was located at the time the search warrant was executed and was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Cogdell was arrested on charges of three second-degree felony counts of theft and burglary of a dwelling, two third-degree felony counts of theft and possession of a firearm, three class A misdemeanor counts of burglary of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance and two class B misdemeanor counts of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
According to court documents, authorities requested that Cogdell be held without bail pending trial. He is scheduled to appear before G. Michael Westfall in 5th District Court for an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.
Cogdell had been out on $100,000 bail pending trial following his March 17 arrest on 22 second-degree felony charges for his alleged involvement in the theft of 21 firearms.
In that case, authorities were investigating a residential burglary in Washington County where 21 firearms, consisting of rifles and pistols, were reported stolen. Washington County Sheriff’s deputies received a break in the case when Cogdell allegedly tried to sell one of the stolen rifles.
During a search of Cogdell’s residence, deputies located an unspecified number of rifles and pistols in Cogdell’s bedroom closet and determined they had been stolen, according to court documents.
Cogdell appeared before 5th District Judge Eric Ludlow March 18 for his initial appearance. He was found indigent by the court and was appointed attorney Ariel Taylor to represent him. He posted $100,000 bail and was released from custody on March 25.
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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