KINGMAN - A former Davis Dam security guard pleaded guilty last week to two car burglaries at Lake Mohave.
Prosecutor Robert Moon said the two burglaries could be just the "tip of the iceberg," since multiple break-ins were reported around the time 29-year-old Emory Ray Stout was arrested but that police could only connect him to two incidents that occurred in late April.
Stout, who pleaded guilty pursuant to Alford, which is similar to a no-contest plea, struggled during his hearing before Judge Derek Carlisle Friday afternoon before ultimately accepting a plea deal from the state. In exchange for his Alford plea, Stout will be placed on supervised probation and face up to a year in jail when sentenced by Carlisle next month.
Stout was arrested April 27 after a couple fishing at Lake Mohave heard glass breaking and saw Stout running away from their vehicle with a purse in his arms. Stout was armed, on duty and in his security guard uniform at the time. He was seen running into the desert where he was later found by Bullhead City Police officers who responded to the scene.
The crime matched one from six days earlier where a purse was stolen off of the front seat of a car. The couple in that case did not witness the break-in, but Moon said Stout turned the purse in - minus $126 - and claimed to have found it in the desert.
Although Stout's Alford plea is considered like a no-contest plea where a defendant admits there is evidence against them while maintaining their innocence, Carlisle said he will sentence Stout as though he pleaded guilty at his next hearing Dec. 16. Stout struggled through his plea at the court hearing, at first backtracking in his Alford plea and moments later saying he wanted to accept the plea deal.
Stout was arrested again in August on misdemeanor reckless burning charges after he was seen by a witness throwing something out of his car that ignited a brush fire on Anson Smith Road. That case is still pending.