ELKO — Police arrested two men on burglary charges Wednesday after an officer, who was driving to work, noticed them between Seventh and Cedar streets wearing face masks and carrying what appeared to be rifles and backpacks.
The off-duty officer radioed officers on-duty around 6:30 a.m., as he thought these individuals might have committed a theft in the area, said Lt. Rich Genseal.
The suspects — identified as Jarrett T. Beckner, 19, of South Fork and Billy J. Hyatt, 28, of Elko — were seen entering the alley between Oak and Cedar streets carrying rifles; one was wrapped and another was in a tan rifle case.
Beckner tried to flee on foot from the officers but was apprehended on Seventh and Juniper streets. He was not in possession of the items he was seen with, said Genseal.
Upon searching the area, the officers found Beckner’s backpack in the front yard of a residence he ran through.
Beckner was wearing gloves over a pair of latex gloves. This is normally so DNA or fingerprints aren’t left at the crime scene, said Genseal. A flashlight and a multi-tool were also found on Beckner.
There was suspected methamphetamine in his backpack. Additionally, there were several letters and papers in his backpack with an address on Sixth Street.
Officers also found a 12-gauge shotgun in the alley between Cedar and Oak streets.
Beckner confessed to committing a burglary on Sixth Street, said Genseal.
He was arrested at Eighth and Juniper streets for burglary, two counts of buying or possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance, owning or possession of a gun by a prohibited person, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer.
Beckner’s bail was listed at $55,420.
Officers waited until Hyatt walked into an alley between Juniper and Oak streets. He was located a short distance away.
A face mask was found as well as one glove in his sweatshirt pocket. A hypodermic device was found in his front left pocket.
Officers located Hyatt’s jacket, backpack and the tan rifle case containing a lever-action .30-30 rifle near where he was located.
A glove was near the backpack matching the one in Hyatt’s sweatshirt.
Hyatt admitted to police he stole a number of items from the same residence on Sixth Street, said Genseal.
Hyatt was arrested at Eighth and Juniper streets for burglary, possession of a gun by a prohibited person, two counts of buying or possessing stolen property, and possession of a hypodermic device.
His bail was listed at $66,140.