Hearing for serial burglar suspect postponed

Hunter Newmiller was sleeping in his basement apartment below Utah State University at around 3:30 a.m. in the middle of February when he heard the front door squeak open.The loud door always woke him up when it was opened and closed, but this night Newmiller did not hear the door close.Thinking he was mistaken, Newmiller didn’t pay much attention to the noise until he saw a dim light turn on in the living room. Newmiller said he thought one of his three roommates might be sleepwalking. As he got up to check the living room, Newmiller said he saw a shadow move under his door.”Then I had a feeling it was someone else,” he said.Newmiller opened his bedroom door and jokingly asked the dark figure, “What are you doing?”Newmiller caught a glimpse of the intruder’s face just before he quickly jumped into the bathroom. Newmiller didn’t recognize the intruder and asked the question again more seriously. Newmiller said the intruder fumbled for words and then said gave Newmiller the first and last name of someone he was supposedly looking for.”I said, ‘No man, he doesn’t live here,’” Newmiller­­­­­­­­­­ said.The intruder walked out of the bathroom past Newmiller, who was still sleepy and confused.”He was really polite,” Newmiller said, noting that the intruder apologized for getting the wrong apartment before Newmiller showed him to the door.There had been a light snow storm, and Newmiller said he could see the intruder’s footprints lead away from his house and around the edge of a nearby building.At this point, Newmiller said he remembered hearing stories of a serial burglar around campus who would enter apartments late at night, steal electronics and wallets and claim to be looking for someone when caught. Suspicious, Newmiller immediately woke his roommates and called the police.Later that same evening, police arrested Aaron Foote, 33 from Orem, as a suspect for the serial burglaries.Newmiller and several other theft victims were present at Foote’s appearance at the First District Court June 15.A representative for Foote said work is being done to come up with restitution for the case, and that this work would be done before the rescheduled preliminary hearing July 22.- rachel@cvdaily.com

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