Courier staff writer
SAN LUIS — The Texas man who was arrested near Mosca in January for alleged theft is facing new felony counts in Costilla County, as well.
Prosecutors have charged Patrick Neil Emrick with second-degree burglary and aggravated motor vehicle theft in the second degree.
The district attorney’s office alleges that the 41-year-old man broke into a Ft. Garland resident’s building in late January with the intent to commit motor vehicle theft.
It also claims that he “obtained or exercised control over” a vehicle that belongs to Belvedere Property Management, LLC. The vehicle is valued at more than $20,000, according to the criminal complaint against him.
Emrick, whose last known address was in Rockport, Texas, was arrested in northern Alamosa County on Jan. 21, following a report of a burglary near Mosca.
He was initially under investigation for alleged second-degree burglary, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and possession of drug paraphernalia. The district attorney’s office subsequently charged him with theft, aggravated motor vehicle theft in the first degree, criminal mischief and criminal impersonation.
Authorities say their initial investigation led them into Costilla, Pueblo and Saguache counties, where they cleared five previously reported burglaries.
At the time, they reported that they recovered equipment, tools and vehicles with a combined value of more than $200,000. They said they were confident that their investigation will lead to more arrests, as well as the recovery of additional stolen property.
The Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office said in an earlier statement that the ongoing investigations also gave law enforcement officers new information about the illegal technologies used to produce and manufacture methamphetamine.
Emrick remains in custody at the Alamosa County Detention Center.
He previously waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Alamosa County Court in consideration of a plea offer from the district attorney’s office.
He is scheduled to make his first appearance in front of Costilla County Judge Kimberly L. Wood on March 4, and he is due to appear in Alamosa’s 12th Judicial District Court the following Monday.
According to the Rockport Pilot newspaper, Emrick was previously convicted in 1993, 1994 and 1997 of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The newspaper reported that an Aransas County, Texas grand jury indicted him in 2011 for felony driving while intoxicated — repeat felony offender.