Sandy woman pleads guilty to string of local thefts

Booking photo for Breaisa M. Montano (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A 27-year-old Sandy woman has confessed to her role in a string of retail thefts.  Breaisa M. Montano accepted a plea deal in four different cases that could still send her to prison.

Montano appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning.  She pleaded guilty to three counts of retail theft, a third-degree felony.  As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped four similar charges against her.

Cache County Chief Deputy Attorney Spencer Walsh said Montano stole several items from two stores in the Cache Valley Mall in August.  Around the same time, She and a co-defendant, Brittney L. Franklin, also tried to steal several hundred dollars in merchandise from Al’s Sporting Goods.

As Montano left the store, she threw the stolen items into a silver Volkswagon Jetta.   A store employee tried to stop her and was hit by the car.  Deputies later recognized the suspect’s vehicle, driving south on US-89/91.  When they attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the Jetta fled south, reaching speeds between 80-100 mph.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers spiked the car’s tires as it was exiting Sardine Canyon, near Brigham City.  Montano and Franklin tried to flee on foot and were later arrested.

During Monday’s court hearing, Walsh explained that as part of the plea deal, they agreed to let the defendant be screened for the Atherton Community Treatment Center. The center houses 60 women who have violated their probation or parole conditions and are at risk of being returned to jail or prison.

Montano remains in jail, being held without bail.  She is scheduled to be sentenced November 18.

Court records show Franklin is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.  She has already waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

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