FAIRMONT - A 24-year-old Fairmont man is charged with first-degree burglary and terroristic threats after allegedly breaking into a co-worker's residence and stealing items after an argument.
According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:
Shortly after 3 a.m. July 4, police responded to a call regarding a burglary on Redwood Drive. The caller reported he had friends over for a small party earlier, and that his co-worker, Anthony Sandoval, had been there. The caller reported he and Sandoval got into an argument, and Sandoval was told to leave. Shortly thereafter, the caller and the rest of the party moved to another residence.
A roommate came back to the residence a short time later to go to bed, and he heard the front door open. Because the roommate wasn't expecting anyone to be there, he investigated and found Sandoval with a 12-pack of beer from the residence under his arm, and Sandoval was also carrying a billy club or screwdriver. The roommate yelled at Sandoval, and Sandoval ordered him to go back in the house. Because Sandoval had a potential weapon, the roommate complied.
The roommate reported hearing Sandoval make a second trip into the house, and he also reported he was certain all the doors were locked when he went to bed.
Along with the beer, a TV that was valued at $600 was stolen from the residence.
Around 6 a.m., Sandoval was located and placed under arrest. An empty beer bottle that was the same brand as the beer stolen was found by Sandoval and a TV that matched the TV that was described as stolen was by the couch where Sandoval was found sleeping. The TV was identified by the residents as the TV that was stolen.
A background check also showed Sandoval was on felony probation.
When Sandoval was questioned, he admitted he was drinking heavily that night, and didn't remember arguing with or threatening anyone, or taking any items.
The first-degree burglary charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. A terroristic threats charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000.
Sandoval also faces a gross misdemeanor theft charge; maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.