Jones Arraigned on Burglary Charge

Faces up to 20 Years if Convicted

By SHAUN FRIEDRICHSEN, News Director

Nathan Jones, 26, of Alliance, is facing time after being arrested in connection with a burglary in December 2018. Jones appeared in Box Butte

County Court on Tuesday, where he was arraigned on the charges of Burglary, a class 2A felony, and criminal mischief—$0-$500, a class 3 misdemeanor.

On the burglary charge, Jones faces up to 20 years in prison if he is found guilty. The case stems from a

n incident in December. According to the Affidavit for Arrest Warrant, on Jan. 18, 2019, Nicholas Flores, who is also facing the charge of burglary, was taken into custody on a bench warrant.

Earlier, Flores was observed leaving an alley in the 400 block of Cody Avenue. An officer with the Alliance Police Department located an abandoned bag in the alley, which Flores allegedly claimed as his. Inside the bag were tools typically used in burglaries.

According to the affidavit, Flores told the officer that on either Dec. 30 or Dec. 31, 2018, a person by the name of Nathan Jones drove a pickup to the 100 block of Missouri Avenue, with Flores riding as a passenger.

He allegedly told the officer that he served as a look out while Jones used force to enter a residence. Flores told the officer that Jones opened a side window to hand him items from the residence, including a gun safe filled with CDs. They then disposed of the gun safe south of Kansas Street between CR 58 and CR59.

The officer contacted the owner of the residence, who advised that there had been aforced entry at the residence, “damaging multiple doors.” The total damage to the doorswas estimated at $500.

The owner told the officer the gun safe was missing from the residence, as well as collectible Budweiser Steins. The total estimated value of the missing items was $400.

According to the Affidavit, the owner of the residence suspected Jones was involved in the burglary and unsuccessfully attempted to confront him.

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