By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Three Franklin County residents associated with a recent crime spree in Idaho and Utah are incarcerated and court proceedings have begun.
Hector Diaz, 20, of Franklin, waived a preliminary hearing on Dec. 2 and was bound over to district court on three felony grand theft charges, according to Franklin County prosecutor Todd Garbett.
He told The Preston Citizen that Jose Padilla, 18, of Preston, was granted a continuance for his preliminary hearing because he switched attorneys just prior to Dec. 2. His preliminary hearing has now been set for Jan. 6.
Garbett said a 17-year-old juvenile, allegedly involved in the crimes, is being detained in a juvenile facility awaiting court proceedings in juvenile court. His name has not been released.
Both Diaz and Padilla are in jail in Caribou County. A bond has been set for both, but neither has posted bail, according to Garbett.
A multi-agency investigation from southeastern Idaho, including Franklin County and Cache County resulted in the arrest of the three Franklin County males and two from Lewiston.
Officials said the multi-agency task force involved in the investigation combined efforts to help solve up to 191 cases of burglary, theft, robbery, and at least two drive-by shootings in Logan. The investigation took several weeks.
Garbett said in Franklin County up to 15 burglary and 15 theft cases are involved. In Preston City up to 10 burglary and 10 theft cases have been solved.
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