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Twin Falls man charged in tiki bar burglary after redeeming stolen drink tokens

May 30, 2018 GMT

TWIN FALLS — A Twin Falls man was charged in the April burglary of a tiki bar after attempting to use stolen drink tokens at the bar.

Hayden De Casas, 27, was arraigned Friday on charges of altering, damaging, or destroying a computer or computer equipment, criminal possession of a financial transaction card and petit theft by possession of stolen property.

The Cove, a bar in Twin Falls, reported a burglary on April 9. The owners told police they came into work that day to find that the office door was kicked in and two computers, a television, multiple liquor bottles, and other items were missing.

The computers were returned to the bar several weeks later by a man who told police he had found them in a black hand bag outside of Blue Lakes Automotive, an officer with the Twin Falls Police Department wrote in an affidavit.

One of the computers, which was used for business, had been wiped of information and was in need of repair, according to owner Debbie Urrutia. The computers would not turn on.

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De Casas was arrested Thursday after attempting to exchange alcoholic drink tokens that had been stolen in the burglary, police said. He told police that he had gotten the stolen computers from one of the people responsible for the burglary.

De Casas said he restored the computer to factory settings because he knew the computers belonged to The Cove and wanted to sell them, according to the affidavit. He said he later decided not to sell the computers and put them out where they would eventually be found.

He is jailed on a $20,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 1.