Four of five men accused of being involved in an extensive series of burglaries in south-central Utah have waived preliminary hearing through plea negotiations and will appear in 4th District Court in Fillmore Wednesday.
Brad Alan Christensen, 23, Delta, is charged with burglary, theft of a firearm, theft and conspiracy; Joseph Neil Larsen, 18, Delta, burglary, theft and conspiracy; Jess Eldon Oman, 20, Hinckley, Millard County, burglary, theft of a firearm and conspiracy; and Anthony H. Pintor, 19, Las Vegas, burglary and conspiracy.The fifth defendant, Randy Stuart Smith, 18, Delta, did not appear at preliminary hearing with the others so his court proceedings were delayed.
The men were arrested Jan. 4 after three of them were found hiding in an alley behind a Delta business. One was chased for six miles and was found attempting to hide while submerged in a livestock watering trough in a corral west of Delta.
Merchandise valued at $31,000 and reported stolen by businesses was retrieved from the defendants by law enforcement officers and returned to its owners. Officers said it was about half the value of properties that were stolen in Delta, Nephi and Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County.
Most of the merchandise was stolen from Delta businesses. Some of the defendants are also facing charges in Juab and Sanpete counties, however.
The men originally faced a combination of 19 charges in Millard County but some were dropped through an agreement that they would plead guilty to the remaining charges.