Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Man pleads not guilty in fire theft case

Defendant accused of stealing valuables in pre-evacuation area


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Casey Earl Farley

    An 18-year-old Boise man pleaded not guilty Monday to five felony charges that he allegedly committed by stealing items from vehicles that were loaded with valuables while the west Hailey area was under pre-evacuation order because of the Beaver Creek Fire last summer.
    Casey Earl Farley entered his pleas at arraignment before Judge Robert J. Elgee in Blaine County 5th District Court. Farley is charged with four counts of burglary and one count of grand theft. He also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.
    Elgee advised the defendant that burglary is punishable in Idaho by up to 10 years in prison and that grand theft is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Misdemeanor possession of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in jail.
    Elgee scheduled a four-day jury trial to begin on April 8, 2014. Farley remains incarcerated in the Blaine County jail on $15,000 bond. Hailey attorney Christopher Simms has been appointed as public defender.
    Simms has filed motions with the court seeking to suppress information Hailey police obtained in the investigation and seeking to have Farley evaluated by a psychologist at county expense. Hearings on those motions are scheduled, respectively, for Nov. 9 and Nov. 18.
    Farley was arrested by Hailey police on Aug. 22, the day after he allegedly stole items from parked vehicles at the Summit Apartments in west Hailey, which at that time was under pre-evacuation notice because of the fire. Stolen items, with a total value of about $3,000, included a Wii console with controllers, two laptop computers and one Arcos tablet, two Nikon cameras and a Garmin GPS navigation system, police said.
    Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said Farley previously lived in Hailey and alleged that the suspect was in the area taking advantage of the fact that vehicles or residences might be vulnerable to theft because of the fire.
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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