LOGAN — Prosecutors have filed 39 felony charges against Audrey Winters. The 37-year-old woman is accused of breaking into the home of a family member and stealing around 50 firearms and other items.
Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said officers began an investigation, after a man reported his home, near 400 N. 100 W. in Logan, was broken into on September 18.
“The house had a window that was broken and that is how entry was made, said Hooley. The victim reported that he had, what he believed to be about 50 guns, some reloading equipment, a couple televisions and some cash that had been stolen. We found out that he had recently inherited the home, as his father had passed away and so these guns and things were something that his father had owned, previous to him.”
Witnesses told detectives that a suspicious vehicle was seen around the home while the victim was gone. The description matched a similar vehicle that Winters, the victim’s sister reportedly owned.
Hooley said as the investigation continued, a Forest Service worker found some of the stolen property at a campground in Left Hand Fork Canyon.
“Then on September 23, which was Friday, the Smithfield Police Department received a call from a resident in Smithfield, who said that Audrey Winters had asked them if she could store some property at their residence. They agreed and when she showed up, she had a couple safes. They thought that was very strange and were very concerned that the property may be stolen. So they contacted the Smithfield Police Department.”
Winters stopped by the home later that night while police were still there investigating. She was taken into custody and booked into the Cache County Jail. Prosecutors later filed the 39 charges of theft against her, all second-degree felonies.
Hooley said officers have recovered 38 guns and some money so far, but Winters has refused to cooperate with the investigation.
“We don’t really know what her motives were in that regard. We don’t understand what the situation is with their father and why she may not have been in the will.”
Police have had involvements with Winters who previously lived in Logan. They believe she may have been transient at the time of the robbery.
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