BURLEY — A man was arrested Dec. 27 after he was caught ransacking the U.S. Forest Service property on Hiland Avenue in Burley.
Christian Albert Parke, 26, is charged with two counts of felony burglary, and felony charges of malicious injury to property and grand theft.
Deputies said he smashed windows on the buildings and on vehicles that were parked in the lot. The vehicles had been rummaged through and the doors left open.
Cassia County Sheriff deputies were called at 8 a.m. to the agency’s compound, which has a fenced and locked perimeter.
They were met by a woman in front of the building who pointed to a man on the southwest side of the lot.
Standing behind the fence, an officer yelled at Parke to drop what was in his hands, which looked like a hatchet, but wasn’t. The deputy drew his weapon and Parke dropped the object.
After officers arrested Parke they found a metal fuel hose that he may have used to break the windows and a knife that looked like a Glock gun, said Lt. Jason Rogers with the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office.
Two officers jumped over the fence, while a third watched the suspect. Parke was ordered to approach the deputies and get on the ground, where he was placed under arrest.
Parke told deputies that he had also been at the Baptist Church next door, at 2262 Hiland Ave. There, officers found footprints in the snow and a ransacked shed at the back of the church.
The officers also found blood on the shed door handle. Parke had a cut on his hand and dried blood on his hands and on his face.
Deputies photographed the footprints around the Forest Service building. The tread on the bottom of Parke’s shoes were a match.
After searching him, officers found a woman’s debit card, which she had reported as stolen by Parke the night before.
Parke told deputies he was ransacking the buildings because “he was angry and he thought his girlfriend was there.”
A preliminary hearing in the case is set at 9 a.m. Jan. 5 in Cassia County Magistrate Court.