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Preliminary hearing set for Strickland
by MELINDA WILLIAMS
Feb 27, 2014 | 810 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
David Malcom Strickland
David Malcom Strickland
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FARMINGTON — A March 26 preliminary hearing has been set for David Malcom Strickland, accused of taking a former roommate’s guns as a way to collect on a debt.

Strickland, 27, was arrested in Moab in January where police allegedly also recovered the stolen firearms, according to police.

Strickland is charged with first-degree felony counts of aggravated burglary and assault.

Police were called to the Layton home on Jan. 8 on a report that a man was in the home and in the act of stealing firearms, police said at the time.

A female resident at the address apparently took the man by surprise and he allegedly pointed a handgun at her, then fled.

The woman’s live-in boyfriend told police the suspect’s description led him to believe the man was a former roommate, David Strickland.

Strickland apparently still had a key to the home and made entry without the woman hearing him, police said.

The male homeowner told police he had an unsettled debt of $2,000 to Strickland and that he believed Strickland took the firearms to collect on that debt. Strickland allegedly left the home with two handguns and an AR-15-style rifle with a collective value of about $3,900.

While officers were on the scene, the male homeowner texted Strickland about the debt. Strickland allegedly responded the guns would be returned if he was paid the money owed him. “thus corroborating the victim’s account and that Strickland had the guns.”
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