A man alleged to have stolen tens of thousands of dollars in tools from an East Bay Drive residence last December will have three separate trials.
Samuel Joseph Clifton faces charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, aggravated first-degree theft, first-degree theft, manufacture of marijuana, delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm and second-degree theft.
Ryan Hughes, the Coos County prosecutor assigned to the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team, told Judge Richard Barron Tuesday that detectives had been serving a search warrant for drugs when they discovered evidence linking Clifton to the Dec. 18 burglary.
“During the execution of that warrant, stolen property related to the burglary was found,” he said.
Hughes said that when Clifton was arrested, police also discovered that the jacket he was wearing had been stolen from a local retailer and added the second-degree theft charge.
Barron scheduled the second-degree theft case for trial Feb. 18. The drug and gun charges will go to trial Feb. 25.
Hughes asked for a possible additional day for the burglary trial because of the number of witnesses he might call.
Barron set that case for trial March 4 and 5, with an omnibus hearing to be held Feb. 3.
Zella Rainey-Clink, the victim of the burglary, told The World in December that police recovered about 70 percent of what was stolen from her.
Approximately $20,000 worth of tools remained missing.
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