Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Convenience-store theft case set for trial

Former clerk pleads not guilty to faking robbery


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Mitchel Wayne Christensen

    A May 7 jury trial has been scheduled for a former Ketchum convenience store clerk who is accused of staging a robbery in December 2013 and stealing the money himself.
    Mitchel Wayne Christensen, 23, formerly from Buhl, was arraigned Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court on a felony charge of grand theft and a misdemeanor count of providing false information to a police officer. Judge Robert J. Elgee advised Christensen that the felony charge is punishable by up to 14 years in prison and that the misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to eight months in the county jail.
    Christensen pleaded not guilty to both charges. He is represented by Hailey attorney Cheri Hicks, who was appointed public defender.
    Christensen, currently free on $10,000 bond, was arrested on Jan. 21 after Ketchum police investigators found evidence indicating that he committed the crime himself. A probable-cause affidavit filed in the case states that the amount stolen was close to $2,000.
    According to a police report, Christensen told police on the evening of Dec. 12, 2013, that he was closing the Base Camp Fuel convenience store on Warm Springs Road in Ketchum when he was assaulted and robbed by a “Hispanic male.”
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com






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