OGDEN — A 16-year-old Ogden teen has been charged in adult court for his alleged role in dozens of car burglaries and car thefts.
The teen, who is not being named by the Standard-Examiner because he is a minor, was charged May 6 with several felonies, including four first-degree charges. Those charges consist of one count of possession of a weapon by a restricted person; two counts of theft by receiving stolen property; and burglary of a dwelling.
He is also charged with one count of unlawful possession of a financial card, a second-degree felony; two counts of failing to stop at the command of law enforcement, a third-degree felony; and four counts of burglary of a vehicle.
Several police agencies in Weber County were alerted to an increased number of car burglaries and stolen vehicles, and were also told that a shotgun was stolen out of a safe during one of the thefts. CSI agents were able to find a fingerprint on the safe where the gun was kept, which allegedly identified the 16-year-old as a suspect, according to charging documents filed in district court.
Police later drafted a warrant to search the 16-year-old’s home and place him under arrest. Police took the teen into custody and searched the home, also finding three other teens implicated in the thefts.
Due to the fact that the three other boys are juveniles and have not been charged in a district court, the Standard-Examiner is not publishing their names.
While searching the 16-year-old’s home, they allegedly found two 9 mm handguns, 16.7 grams of marijuana, and several cellphones, along with multiple IDs and financial cards, according to a returned search warrant in the case.
The 16-year-old charged allegedly told police that he had been out with the other three burglarizing vehicles for money and guns. He also allegedly said that he had been doing so for the past few weeks.
“... the money was good, and his friends had told him how much money they were making, so he came with them,” the boy told police, according to charging documents. The teen would later allegedly tell police that he had stolen the shotgun but had ditched the firearm.
One of the three boys not charged in district court allegedly told police during an interview that they would burglarize “probably 40 or 50 (vehicles) a night,” according to charging documents.
It was not immediately clear as of Monday afternoon whether or not the three other teens implicated in the alleged thefts were charged in the state’s juvenile court system.
The 16-year-old charged in district court is being held in a Utah juvenile facility. His initial appearance is scheduled for a date in mid-May and will take place at Ogden’s 2nd District Court, according to court documents.