One Sheridan man and a juvenile were arrested early Monday morning during a break in at the Sport Stop in downtown Sheridan. The pair allegedly broke the window in the front door of the business around 2:30 Monday morning. 18-year-old James Allen made his initial appearance in Circuit Court Monday afternoon. Judge John Sampson set bail at $25,000 cash.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed with the court, a Sheridan County Sheriff’s Deputy witnessed Allen and a juvenile accomplice leaving the business. A call from the Detective Sgt. Tom Henry of the Sheridan Police Department told us that a police officer saw the sheriff's deputy pull a u-turn when seeing the two subjects leave the store. The subjects allegedly led the two law enforcement personnel on an extended foot chase before being taken into custody a few blocks away.
Sgt. Henry told us that on Sunday evening at about 7:30, Metz Beverage was also burglarized, and the two subjects are implicated in that crime as well. Henry adds that most of the items taken from Metz have been recovered.
The State announced their intention to re-file additional burglary charges that were deferred after the defendant enrolled for military service. He was arrested only 4 days after being released from jail for the prior offenses.
Also on the Circuit Court docket Monday was 19-year Jeremiah Steven who is accused of taking several firearms from a Banner residence. The Court was concerned about his mental fitness for trial, and ordered a psychiatric evaluation to be completed by the State Hospital before further proceedings.