CEDAR CITY – A 20-year-old homeless man is now facing two first-degree felonies after he allegedly broke into homes and took property totaling over $18,000, authorities said.
Brian Head Police arrested Dakota Ray Hazelwood Aug. 19 for allegedly breaking into three different homes in Brian Head Town. He faces two counts of residential burglary, both second-degree felonies.
According to the charging documents filed in 5th District Court and recently made public, Hazelwood along with three other unidentified suspects forced their way into the homes by “kicking the exterior doors and breaking a window.”
While inside, the suspects allegedly stole firearms, wine, snowboards and motorcycles. The property loss from the burglaries was reported in excess of $18,000.
Police gathered information from witnesses stating Hazelwood was involved in the incidents and seen with the “stolen property,” court documents state. Authorities also reported recovering physical evidence linking the suspect to the crime.
According to authorities, Hazelwood waived his Miranda rights and admitted he was involved in the burglaries following his arrest.
Hazelwood is currently being held in the Iron County Correctional Facility on a $10,000 bail.
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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