Enoch homeowners wake to allegedly find burglar in their bedroom

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ENOCH CITY – A homeless man is in jail after he was caught allegedly burglarizing a home with the residents asleep in their bedroom.

Falon Lakota Courtney had attorney Jeff Slack appointed to defend him on Thursday when he was in 5th District Court for his initial appearance.

The defendant faces a second-degree felony for burglary of a dwelling, a third-degree felony for theft and multiple misdemeanors for burglary of a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief and minor consuming alcohol.

The 19-year-old Courtney was arrested June 30 and booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail after officers declared him a “danger to the community,” and requested the judge issue a high bail.

“Falon has an extensive juvenile record of burglary and theft,” court records state. “Falon entered into a known occupied residence with the intent of committing a theft. This certainly indicates that he is a danger to the community. I request a high bail.”

According to the charging documents, officers were dispatched to a home on Mule Train Drive in Enoch at around 3:30 a.m. after the homeowners woke to find a male subject in their bedroom.

“Falon said he had been in the house for 30 minutes (before he was caught),” according to the court documents.

The homeowner located Courtney allegedly exiting a basement window and was able to detain him until officers arrived on scene where they found the suspect sitting by the fence next to the garage. When he was placed in handcuffs, Courtney was laughing, the police report stated.

Courtney allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol and unlawfully entering the residence with the intent to commit a theft.

He also admitted to entering the vehicle in the garage from the passenger side. The homeowners reported $400 missing from a purse in the vehicle. Officers allege Courtney had money on him at the time of his arrest that matched the amount reported missing.

Additionally, Courtney told police he had marijuana on him. Officers said they found a clear bag with green crushed plant material in Courtney’s front right change pocket.

The suspect allegedly possessed three iPhones at the time of his arrest – two located in his front left pocket and one in the window well. The homeowners identified the items as taken from their residence. The phones were each valued at $800.

Courtney is scheduled for a court review July 11 at 1:30 p.m.

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  • Foxyheart July 8, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    ALLEGEDLY??????????? I would say if the said he was in the home for 30 minutes and the homeowners caught him in their bedroom, I would say yes, definitely, burglarizing since he had the homeowners’ phones in his pocket..

  • ladybugavenger July 9, 2017 at 10:09 am

    That happened here…except the homeowner’s son shot the 3 teenagers dead and the getaway driver is facing murder charges…

    stand your ground law- y’all should try it!

    • ladybugavenger July 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Just make sure you feel your life is in danger and don’t shoot intruders if they are outside (that would be murder) maybe people would stop stealing if the consequence was death.

      Speaking of stealing, retailers not doing anything about thieves (because of harm- I get it) makes me angry it’s like they enable the thieves. But you as customers can do something if you see someone stealing, just know employees aren’t allowed to approach them so you telling a cashier that someone is stealing does nothing to stop the thief. but you the customer please feel free to do what you find the “right thing to do.” Do not put yourself in danger tho. Get a license plate# if you can and report it to management (not a cashier) also do not tell cashiers your issues with the store (cashiers are powerless) you want an issue resolved talk to an assistant manager or higher. Thank you! Now y’all have become better customers- you’re welcome ?

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