ST. GEORGE – A 50-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for breaking into a pharmacy and then threatening a gas station clerk with a gun when the clerk wouldn’t allow him to borrow his jeep.
While responding to a burglary in St. George, St. George Police officers discovered several windows broken on the outside and inside of the Professional Park Pharmacy building, located at 736 S. 900 East in St. George, along with several broken security wires, St. George Police Officer Joshua Wilson wrote in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest.
Officers located a shattered glass door on the side of the building and determined it to be the point of entry, Wilson said in the statement. When officers entered the building, they discovered shattered glass in the door to a dentist office down the hall and a broken security wire.
“I went to the front of the building,” Wilson said in the statement, “and saw that glass was everywhere in the entry way near the front of the pharmacy.”
While Wilson was processing the scene, he was informed that a possible suspect had been detained at a nearby gas station, located at 795 E. 700 South. The suspect allegedly went into the gas station and asked the clerk if he could borrow his jeep, and the clerk refused.
“The suspect held his hand behind his back and told (the clerk) that he had a .357 and asked him again to borrow his jeep,” Wilson said. “The clerk still refused.”
The suspect, identified as Kenneth Eric Ogden, of St. George, told officers he suffered from a particular mental disorder and had just gotten out of the hospital, Wilson said in the statement. Ogden told officers that he woke up on the grass and didn’t know where he was.
Ogden admitted to breaking several windows and a door to gain entry into the pharmacy building, Wilson said, because he was looking for a phone to call his girlfriend.
“(Ogden) also stated that he went to the gas station and asked the clerk to borrow his jeep,” Wilson said. “(Ogden) stated that the clerk was a jerk. He told the clerk that he had a gun and he stated that it was a .357.”
Ogden was arrested and charged with one first-degree felony for aggravated robbery, one second-degree felony for burglary and one third-degree felony for criminal mischief.
He was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Wednesday. His bail stands at $35,000.
No reported confirmation of Ogden’s mental condition has been made as this report is published.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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