Suspect faces charges for allegedly stealing cell phones, prescription medication

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Andrew Lee Shiozaki, of Cedar City, Utah, booking photo posted Aug. 13, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff's Office, St. George / Cedar City News
Andrew Lee Shiozaki, of Cedar City, Utah, booking photo posted Aug. 13, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY – Police recently arrested a Cedar City man after he allegedly entered a home without permission and took several items, including cell phones, prescription medication and canned food.

Andrew Lee Shiozaki, 24, faces a second-degree felony charge for residential burglary and a class B misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia following an incident on Aug. 13 where he allegedly went into someone’s home without permission and took several items.

Cedar City Police arrested Shiozaki the same day as the incident. He bailed out of the Iron County Correctional Facility on a $10,000 bail bond.

According to the charging documents made publicly available this weekcx, police responded to a 911 call about a residential burglary. The alleged victim told authorities Shiozaki had gone into her home without her permission and taken several items.

The victim said she had called the suspect on the phone after she realized the items were missing. Shiozaki admitted to her that he had taken the items, she said. Shiozaki then returned the cell phones to her.

“She attempted to call the police before he returned so that we could meet him at her house to take him into custody,” police write in their statement. “However, due to the turnaround time from when dispatch received her call and officers responded he had already returned with the phones and then left again.”

The victim told police Shiozaki was staying in a local motel and accidentally left his room key in her home when he initially took the items.

Shiozaki later admitted to police taking the cell phones but said he was “just borrowing them but they (homeowners) did not know that he had them,” the documents state.

Upon arresting Shiozaki, police searched him and found a clear plastic baggie in his front coin pouch pocket with white powder residue inside, according to court records.

“Andrew identified this powder residue as Methamphetamine,” police said in their statement. “He stated that he was simply trying to get rid of the bag but did not have a garbage to throw it in so he put in his pocket.”

Officers received permission to search Shiozaki’s home and vehicle, where a police K-9 helped authorities allegedly find hypodermic needles and a small amount of controlled residue and a metal spoon. Shiozaki denied the paraphernalia belonged to him.

According to the court record, police only charged Shiozaki for having the baggie of residue on his person that he identified as methamphetamine.

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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