Worthington teen arrested for felony burglary
WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington teen was arrested Saturday in connection with a reported burglary. Nicholas Rivas, who turned 18 one week before being arrested, is charged with felony first-degree burglary -- possession of a dangerous weapon/explosi...
WORTHINGTON - A Worthington teen was arrested Saturday in connection with a reported burglary.
Nicholas Rivas, who turned 18 one week before being arrested, is charged with felony first-degree burglary - possession of a dangerous weapon/explosive; felony possession of ammo/any firearm - conviction or adjudicated delinquent for crime of violence; felony possession of stolen property; and misdemeanor fourth-degree damage to property.
The charges stem from an investigation of a burglary at a Worthington residence reported by the homeowners on Nov. 24.
According to the criminal complaint, the homeowners contacted the Worthington Police Department after noticing their garage door had been broken open and a baseball bat was on their kitchen table upon their arrival home after 5 p.m. that day. The homeowners also noticed a screwdriver on the top shelf that was normally stored in a toolbox.
A scan of the house revealed a 12-gauge shotgun, safe, $100 worth of coins, a knife from a vehicle and screwdrivers from a toolbox were missing.
In addition, every room in the house was reportedly vandalized. A clock was also damaged from what appeared to be a bullet hole from a BB, which was located in the clock.
The next day, the officer was advised the screwdriver matching the description of one of those stolen was located on a 16-year-old boy who is a suspect in other recently reported burglaries. He and Rivas, who was carrying a sock full of coins, were located outside of Walmart in Worthington and apprehended.
During a consent search of Rivas’ home, a shotgun, three screwdrivers, sock full of coins, a CO2 pistol, switchblade, “crossman” handgun BB gun and pry-bar were allegedly located in or near the room where he sleeps, the criminal complaint states.
Another member of the household confirmed the shotgun did not belong to them and asked for it to be removed.
The alleged victim confirmed some of the items recovered were those stolen from his home.
Rivas’ bail was set at $50,000 with conditions or $100,000 without.
His initial appearance is scheduled for Dec. 12 in Nobles County District Court.
Rivas was adjudicated a delinquent in October after being found guilty of felony fourth-degree assault to a peace officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct after causing a public scene and spitting at a police officer at the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival in June.
He received a stay of execution and was placed on probation until his 19th birthday. At the time of sentencing, Fifth Judicial District Judge Gordon Moore told Rivas that not abiding by his probation would likely result in a 30- to 90 day program at Southwestern Youth Services, a residential treatment facility in Magnolia.
“I’m as serious as a heart attack - if you’re back before me on another offense like this, it will result in a placement,” Moore said at the Oct. 9 disposition hearing on the Regatta case.