OGDEN -- Police have arrested a woman described as the ringleader of a group of criminals responsible for more than 100 vehicle burglaries in Weber County that includes a state lawmaker among its victims.
Amanda Kay Buck, 27, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon following a traffic stop, said Police Lt. Scott Conley.
She has been booked into the Weber County Jail on six counts of vehicle burglary, six counts of felony theft, three counts of possession of burglary tools and a misdemeanor traffic violation, he said.
Buck has admitted to being involved in more than 100 vehicle burglaries in Weber County during the last two months, said Conley, and police believe that she is the leader of a group of burglars.
Buck told police the burglaries were committed to support drug habits, according to Conley.
More charges may be filed against Buck and police are attempting to identify other members of the burglary ring.
One of Buck's victims is state Rep. Ryan D. Wilcox, R-Ogden, said Conley. Wilcox's 2010 Ford F-150 pickup was broken into at his home Tuesday night.
A laptop, mobile Bluetooth equipment. a stereo, back pack, sunglasses and other personal items valued at $3,700 were stolen from the truck, said Conley. Some of the items, worth about $2,900, have been recovered.
Detectives zeroed in on Buck as a suspect Wednesday as a result of a large amount of transactions at local pawn shops involving stolen items. There have been 50 incidents where the suspected burglars have pawned items during the last month, said Conley.
Following a stakeout by detectives, she was pulled over Wednesday while driving a dark blue 1987 BMW in the 900 block of 1100 North in Ogden, Conley said.
A man who was a passenger in the car has not been arrested.
Police recovered computer equipment, electronics, power tools, a safe, debit cards and more than 30 credit cards from the BMW.
Conley estimated that the items recovered from the car value at $3,000 to $5,000.
The arrest of Buck is significant, said Conley.
"It's another example of individuals involved in crimes of opportunity," he said. "By arresting these individuals, we hope to reduce the number of crimes in the future."