FARMINGTON -- A third suspect in a case involving $200,000 stolen from a safe appeared in court Friday.
Wayne Jerry Clark, 24, of Salt Lake City, appeared before Judge John R. Morris in 2nd District Court. Clark is charged with one count of theft and one count of burglary, both second-degree felonies.
Another defendant, Joshua Cameron Watts, 19, of West Valley City, pleaded not guilty to one count of theft and one count of burglary on Tuesday. Another hearing for Watts is set for Oct. 11.
The two men, along with Steven Kent Hogge, 41, of Murray, are accused of taking a safe that contained almost $200,000 out of a home in West Bountiful. Hogge has a court hearing set for Oct. 3.
West Bountiful Police Chief John Rasmussen said the owner of the safe had left his home for just a few hours on Sept. 1.
When he returned home, he saw that the gate at the driveway's entrance was unlatched and "there were tracks on the ground," Rasmussen said.
West Bountiful Police Detective Corie Hamilton worked on the case almost nonstop, Rasmussen said. She spent almost 37 hours following leads in order to find the suspects.
"This is one of our bigger cases," Rasmussen said.
He said officers have been able to recover only "a small portion" of the cash.
"As far as we can tell, (the suspects) have spent a great deal of it," Rasmussen said.
Clark was arrested in Price on Sept. 16 after U.S. Marshals found him.
On Friday, the judge set Clark's bail at $40,000 with an order that he gets tested for drugs three times a week at Davis County Jail.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Steve Major said he thought Clark was going to be charged in Price for having possession of illegal drugs at the time of his arrest. As of Friday, no charges were filed in 7th District Court, Major said.