Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Burglary suspect to undergo drug rehabilitation

Bond reduced for Carey man so he can be treated for addiction

Express Staff Writer

Jordan James Surerus

A man suspected of burglarizing homes in Carey in October is set for release Thursday from the Blaine County Jail so he can undergo five months of drug rehabilitation in Utah.

Fifth District Court Judge Robert J. Elgee reduced bond, effective Thursday, from $75,000 to $5,000 for 19-year-old Jordan James Surerus. The reduced bond will allow Surerus' parents to bail him out of jail and take him to Renaissance Ranch in Bluffdale, said public defender Cheri Hicks.

"Mr. Surerus has an addiction to prescription drugs, which is the basis of this case," Hicks said.

Surerus was arrested on Oct. 5 by the Blaine County Sheriff's Office following a weeklong burglary spree in which nine homes were burglarized. Many of the burglaries took place at the homes of senior citizens and involved the theft of prescription drugs.

Surerus has been charged with felony counts of attempted burglary and aiding and abetting burglary and two misdemeanor counts of illegal possession of codeine.

"I think this is probably an appropriate way to deal with his drug addiction," said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback.

Hicks said Surerus intends to plead guilty at the conclusion of the rehabilitation program. She did not specify to which charge or charges he would admit.

A change of plea hearing was scheduled for April 27 at 9 a.m.

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