Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — A Texas man whose arrest led to the alleged recovery of over $200,000 in stolen property was bound over Wednesday to district court.
Patrick Neil Emrick waived his right to a preliminary hearing in consideration of a plea deal, leading Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl to schedule a March 11 hearing in front of District Judge Michael Gonzales.
Emrick, whose last known address was in Rockport, Texas, currently stands accused of theft, aggravated motor vehicle theft in the first degree, criminal mischief and criminal impersonation.
The 41-year-old man was arrested in northern Alamosa County on Jan. 21, following a report of a burglary near Mosca. 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.
In addition to the current charges against him, Emrick was initially under investigation for alleged second-degree burglary, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and possession of drug paraphernalia.
If Emrick pleads guilty to attempted theft of over $20,000 (sic), the district attorney’s office will not file an additional felony weapon-related charge against him. The prosecution’s offer will remain open for 90 days after his first appearance in front of Judge Gonzales.
Emrick remains in custody at the Alamosa County Detention Center.
According to the Rockport Pilot newspaper, he 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 Emrick in 2011 for felony driving while intoxicated — repeat felony offender.