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Crime spree leads to arrests


Two Saratoga men have been arrested and charged after going on a crime spree.

Kyle Giacometto and Jake Hamann were both charged with three counts of attempted burglary and five counts of burglary in addition to other charges after breaking into at least five Saratoga businesses and attempting to break into three others on July 13 and 14.

“They went on a crime spree,” said Assistant Chief Police Tom Nickerbocker who ran the investigation. “They attempted to break into, as far as I can tell, at least three other businesses.”

Giacometto and Hamann, with the help of two minors who were released to their parents, broke into Build Rite Lumber, Stoney Creek Outfitters, Carbon County Public Health, Bridge Street Motors and Buck Springs Rodeo Grounds.

Giacometto, Hamann and the two minors assisted in stealing $1,100 in cash, beer, bottles containing Glycol and Protein, $34 to $36 worth of gasoline and several other small items easily carried, according to an affidavit from the Saratoga Police Department.

Nickerbocker first began to investigate when he got a call from Shelley Feddersen and her husband, owners of Stoney Creek Outfitters, reporting their business had been broken into, according to an affidavit. Nickerbocker also responded to calls reporting burglaries at Bridge (River) Street Motors and Carbon County Public Health.

From there, Nickerbocker found three sets of footprints leading from Carbon County Public health to the other businesses that were burglarized. Nickerbocker discovered the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a burglary at Buck Springs Rodeo Grounds.

Nickerbocker began to suspect Giacometto was some how involved in the burglaries, according to the affidavit.

The footprints led Nickerbocker and Saratoga Police Officer Ken Lehr to Giacometto’s residence in Saratoga, where Nickerbocker was led into yet another investigation.

“Once I arrived at the house, the burglary investigation quickly turned into a drug investigation,” Nickerbocker said.

According to the affidavit, Nickerbocker smelled a “very strong” odor of marijuana at the door. After searching the residence and brining Giacometto in for questioning, Nickerbocker became aware Hamann may had also been involved in the burglaries.

After searching, Nickerbocker found Hamann walking near the corner of Second and Hickory avenues July 14, and he was also brought in under investigative detention, according to the affidavit.

Nickerbocker’s investigation also led to the apprehension of the two minors. From interviews with all four suspects, Nickerbocker determined they had all contributed to the July 14 burglaries, according to the affidavit.

Nickerbocker said the success of the investigation was a joint effort between the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office and the entire staff at the Saratoga Police Department.

“At one time we had all staff working on this case,” Nickerbocker said.


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