Arrests made in burglary investigation

Arrests made in burglary investigation

by karla pomeroy

Two Basin residents, formerly of Greybull, were arrested last week in connection to area burglaries.

Basin Chief of Police Chris Kampbell said John Henry Owen, 52, and Anna Marie Davies, 46, were arrested Tuesday, Jan. 24, following the execution of several search warrants at several locations in Basin and Greybull. Owen, who has previous drug and a burglary conviction in Washington state, has been charged with two counts of felony possession of marijuana for third or subsequent offense and one count of buying or receiving stolen property. The two drug charges carry a penalty of not more than five years imprisonment or $5,000 fine or both. The possession of stolen property felony carries a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.

Davis has been charged with two misdemeanor possession of marijuana charges and a felony count of possession of stolen property.

Kampbell said the investigation is ongoing with additional charges pending. He said other persons may be involved as well.

The investigation began with the Basin Police Department investigating the theft of the Stockman’s Bar that occurred between Dec. 26-27. He said the initial search warrant was to search for evidence from that burglary, along with evidence from the Hi Way Bar & Café that occurred the same time.

Drug paraphernalia was discovered during the first search at the home in the 500 block of North Sixth and a subsequent search warrant was issued for the home to seize the drug paraphernalia.

Possible evidence from a burglary at the Silver Spur in Greybull was also discovered and the Greybull Police Department obtained their own search warrant for the home in Basin.

Additional searches were conducted at other locations, Kampbell said, including locations in Greybull.

Owens is being held on a $100,000 cash bond with a preliminary hearing tentatively set for 1:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Davies is being held on a $10,000 cash bond with a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 27.

“These arrests are the efforts of combined work between the Basin Police Department, Greybull Police Department and Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office all working together. Teamwork and communication between all our officers in the Basin Police Department and all the agencies brought us to this point in this case,” Kampbell said.