Burglary charge lands Jackson man in jail
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
June 25, 2012
A Jackson man remained in jail Friday after allegedly stealing stereo equipment from The Rose in the Pink Garter Plaza.
Zachary Bond, 35, faces a charge of burglary, which prosecutors say is his first felony charge in a long history with Teton County’s legal system.
Bond sobbed his way through much of his initial appearance in 9th Circuit Court early last week. He asked Judge James Radda for the smallest bond possible so he could afford to get out of jail.
He was arrested June 17.
“I own my own business, and I do what I say,” he said. “I’m just asking for [the small bond] so I can afford it.”
Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Clark Allen requested a $5,000 cash or surety bond, noting that, while Bond is a lifelong Jackson resident, his current charge is the most serious he has faced in more than 10 past criminal cases.
“He has ties [to the community], but this is a serious felony,” Allen said. “He’s been here before, but never in these circumstances.”
Radda set Bond’s bail at $1,000 cash or surety bond. If Bond pays his bail, he would be under house arrest, allowed to leave only to go to court and therapy and to walk his dogs for one hour per day.
Radda also appointed a public defender to represent Bond for the rest of his case. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 28, where Allen will attempt to show there is enough evidence that Bond committed a crime for his case to continue in district court.
Police discovered from a confidential informant that Bond allegedly was involved in a series of burglaries, police records show. The informant told police that Bond had several items, most of them electronics equipment, that didn’t belong to him and that he bragged that he took them from the Pink Garter Theater and The Rose, police reports allege.
When police contacted The Rose, staff members said there were several items missing from their stereo equipment, but they didn’t know if they were stolen or simply misplaced, according to police records.
Officers obtained a search warrant for Bond’s house to see if he had any of the items Rose staff listed as missing. They found several of them, including a professional amplifier and 10 micro-phones, police records allege.
Police also recovered similar equipment not on The Rose’s list at Bond’s home, according to police records. Officers are investigating to determine where those items may have come from.
Court records show Bond has been in and out of the Teton County courts system during the past 10 years, with more than 10 cases listed since 2009. Most recently, Bond received a criminal trespassing charge in 2011, according to court files.