Drunk burglar found asleep inside business by officersPosted: Updated:
The following news release was sent by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:
PRESCOTT - On September 15, 2008, at approximately 3:45 A.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported burglar alarm at "Pro Force" located in the 3000 block of Highway 89, just south of the Granite Dells, Prescott. The first deputy on scene began checking the building's perimeter and noticed a red Ford Expedition with Colorado plates parked just north of the location. The radar detector in the vehicle was on and the hood was warm, indicating the vehicle had been driven recently.
Once additional deputy's arrived, a search of the building was initiated. Deputies entered the location and during the search, discovered an open window which was the likely point of entry. In one of the offices, deputies found a male passed out on the floor and detected the odor of alcoholic beverages on his person. After awakening the man, he was escorted outside and identified as 35-year-old Jeffery Burak from Westminster, Colorado. Burak claimed he had been driving and needed a place to sleep, but could not explain why he entered this particular business.
Deputies continued searching the building and found gloves and a flashlight belonging to Burak. They also found a trash bag containing expensive electronics and other property belonging to the business inside an office. The suspect had apparently used the bag to gather valuables throughout the business intending to remove them from the building.
Burak was transported to the Prescott Detention Center and booked on numerous charges including Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Theft, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Deputies also charged Burak with Identity Theft and a weapons violation resulting from additional investigative work. Burak's record check revealed a Burglary warrant out of Montana and additional warrants from at least two Arizona communities.