Second arrest made in connection with Eagle Mountain car burglaries

Bradlee D. Kalkbrenner (left) and Misty Barnes are in custody, and a third suspect is being sought after vehicle burglaries in Eagle Mountain. Photos: Utah County Sheriff's Office

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah, Dec. 25, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A second person has been arrested as a result of an investigation into car burglaries outside Eagle Mountain churches on Sunday.

Booked into jail on Christmas Eve day was Misty Barnes, 28, accused of fleeing the scene early Monday morning after exiting a car disabled in a police pursuit.

Officials say the fleeing car was driven by Bradlee D. Kalkbrenner, 34, who was identified by members of the public as one of two men photographed by a dashboard camera during burglaries of vehicles parked outside a church.

A second man was also reported to be in the fleeing car, but police have not released his name. In addition, a second man was caught on camera during one of the Sunday car burglaries, but police have not yet released his identity or reported taking him into custody.

“Thank goodness for dashcams,” Sgt. Spencer Cannon, Utah County Sheriff’s Office, told Gephardt Daily on Monday. “Tips from the public were very helpful in identifying the men, and in helping us act quickly in this case.”

On Sunday, after the burglaries, Gephardt Daily also heard talk on the police scanner about a female suspect in the case, but current charges do not not link Barnes to the Sunday robbery scenes. After fleeing police early Monday, she faces charges of:

  • Failure to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer, a class A misdemeanor
  • Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor
  • Two counts of possession of a controlled substances schedule 1 or 2, a third-degree felony

The police chase began just after midnight on Dec. 24 after deputies serving a warrant on the residence of Kalkbrenner saw the Lexus he was driving speed by, Barnes’ probable cause statement says.

“Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle resulting in a pursuit. During the pursuit,
speeds reached approximately 80 mph and the vehicle went through fields, fences and yards. The vehicle eventually became disabled. Once the pursuit stopped, two males and a female later identified as Misty Barnes 12/31/1987 exited the vehicle.

“Police had their lights on and yelled at all parties to stop. Barnes ignored those commands and continued fleeing on foot. Deputy Turner chased after Barnes for several blocks until he lost sight of her.”

Soon after, Barnes was found hiding in a window well, the statement says. She was taken into custody. Heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in the Lexus, the statement says.

Post Miranda, “Barnes admitted to owning the methamphetamine, heroin and drug paraphernalia and identified the substances as such,” the statement says. “Barnes has an extensive criminal history for possession of a schedule I controlled substance.”

Barnes is being held in lieu of $12,630 cash-only bail.

Kalkbrenner was booked on 35 charges related to the Sunday vehicle burglaries and the Monday police pursuit. They are:

  • Seven counts of burglary of a vehicle, a class A misdemeanor
  • Ten counts of acquisition/possession/transfer of a financial card, a third-degree felony
  • Seven counts of theft with a value of less than $5,000 with two prior convictions, a third-degree felony
  • Reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor
  • Reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor
  • Driving on a denied license, a class B misdemeanor
  • Two counts of criminal mischief, one a third-degree felony and one a class A misdemeanor
  • Failure to respond to an officer’s signal to stop, a third-degree felony
  • Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor
  • Three counts of possession of a controlled substance schedule 1 or 2, a third-degree felony

Kalkbrenner, who also has an extensive criminal history, is being held in lieu of $29,920 cash-only bail.

Sunday’s Eagle Mountain car burglaries were outside the residence of Kalkbrenner’s next door neighbor and outside two churches near two 7250 N. Porters Crossing and 7287 N. Ute Drive. Items taken include bank cards, IDs, wallets and a Samsung tablet.

The total value of items stolen during the vehicle robberies is estimated at $1,000, the statement says. That damage total does not include the cost of replacing broken car windows smashed for access.

In addition, damage done during the Monday police pursuit is estimated to be more than $2,000, a police news release says.


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