LOGAN — A 30-year-old man has pleaded guilty to robbing a woman outside the Cache Valley Mall and taking her wallet. Jaime Gallardo waived his right to a preliminary hearing and accepted a plea deal.
Gallardo appeared in 1st District Court Wednesday morning. The Logan man pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. Prosecutors dropped the remaining two felonies and eight misdemeanors against him, as part of the agreement.
On November29, Gallardo approached a woman as she was getting inside her car, outside the mall. The woman told officers, the defendant put his hands against her ribs as if he was holding some type of object. He took her wallet and drove away from the scene.
The woman told police, she knew Gallardo didn’t have a weapon. She was able to get a description of the getaway vehicle and partial plate number.
As officers were speaking with the woman, one of her credit cards was used at a south Logan department store. As police put out an attempt to locate the vehicle, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper pulled it over in Wellsville.
During Wednesday’s hearing, state attorney Spencer Walsh told the court, Gallardo was found in possession of the woman’s stolen credit cards. The defendant admitted to trying to make the woman think he had a knife at the time of the robbery. He was also under the influence of heroin when arrested.
Gallardo is being held in the Cache County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to be sentenced February 12 and could face up to life in prison.
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